Second Stride is comprised of horsemen and business professionals who are active in other areas of the racing industry: owners, partnership managers, handicappers, trainers, veterinarians, racetrack executives and not for profit specialists. We are working to improve racing from within, and know from first hand experience how many people may have the desire to retire a horse safely, but at times find that difficult to do. We understand. We have been there, and now are doing what we can, and looking for others who can help by doing what they can.
Our come back rate is extremely low, and of those adopted horses that are returned, some are well trained show horses, donated back for us to raise funds. We have castrated and socialized many colts, and taken in many horses that had been injured and were mending. We have broken many horses to ride, and restarted many retired broodmares under saddle in preparation for a third career. We are there to help in emergency situations that require an immediate response to take care of horses in need, thanks to the generosity of organizations like TAA and TCA who help fund our mission.
We would like to extend our utmost appreciation to our donors, board members, dedicated volunteers, staff and grantors.
The average number of thoroughbred horses adopted through Second Stride since 2012 is over 100 per year!
2020 was a banner year with 125 horses placed in loving adoptive homes! Since 2005, well over 1000 retired thoroughbred racehorses have been adopted through our program!
For 2021, through March, Second Stride has found new loving homes for 39 retired thoroughbred racehorses.