Second Stride

Second Stride champions the Thoroughbred’s capacity to learn and compete, and also to love. Credit: Gwen Davis/Davis Innovation photo
  • Services

    Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

  • Location

    Prospect, Kentucky

  • Founded


  • Average Number of Thoroughbreds


“It’s important that these horses that do so much for us have a good place to go when their racing career is over,” said Louisville, Kentucky-based trainer Dale Romans. “Second Stride does an awful lot for Thoroughbred racing and for these horses. A lot of them leave racing every year and there are homes for every one of them.”

Those words capture the essence of Second Stride’s mission.

Second Stride provides professional rehabilitation, retraining, and placement of retired Thoroughbred racehorses, offering a safe path to a successful new career for these athletes. In 2021, horses came to Second Stride from 20 different racetracks and training centers located in 12 states, and 142 horses were placed with committed adopters.

In the spring of 2022, Second Stride initiated Broodmare & Bloodstock, a transitional service for retiring broodmares and yearlings unsuited for the track. Second Stride now serves Thoroughbreds in all phases of life, knowing that the breed’s versatility extends beyond athleticism into careers of the heart: equine therapy, trail-riding, and as beloved companions.

Located outside Louisville, Kentucky, Second Stride’s two-campus facility is easily accessible to horsemen and ready to receive horses at all times. Since 2005, Second Stride has built a reputation for being a trusted partner to racehorse owners, trainers, and adopters and prioritizes securing the best possible second career fit for every horse. Second Stride provides services supporting a full range of needs, including castrating and socializing colts, rehabilitating injured horses, breaking horses to ride, and restarting broodmares under saddle in preparation for third careers.

Second Stride invests extensive time and resources in adoptable horses, providing veterinary, farrier, and dental work, as well as highly individualized retraining. As a result, Second Stride horses find success in a wide range of disciplines every year. In 2021, Second Stride horses performed in mounted archery, eventing, dressage, therapy work, barrel racing, hunter/jumpers, competitive trail, and more.

Visitors are welcome at Second Stride’s Oldham County, Kentucky farms, with tours available through Horse Country. Second Stride invites you to come see these amazing adoptable Thoroughbreds preparing for new careers.

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