Today’s honoree: Second Stride.
Second Stride is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in Prospect, Kentucky that rehabilitates and restarts retired Thoroughbred racehorses to transition them to second careers. Second Stride’s letdown and retraining program sets horses up for success, boasting a low come-back rate of horses who don’t work out in their new homes.
Second Stride was founded in 2005 and has adopted out hundreds of horses in its years of operation — since 2014, the organization has facilitated the adoption of over 100 horses annually. Horses have been adopted all over North America.
In 2006, Second Stride acquired a second property of over 100 acres of grazing land in Pleasureville, Kentucky, allowing the organization to expand letdown facilities for horses who needed more time to rehabilitate and unwind from the track. The main Second Stride campus is located at Moserwood Farm in Prospect, and the grazing property is now called Moserwood Farm II.
Horses are donated to Second Stride by their track connections; colts and stallions are gelded. If Second Stride does not have room or is otherwise unable to assist an owner in taking in their horse, the organization works to network the horse a good home with other organizations, ensuring that every horse has a place. Second Stride thrives on volunteer assistance with riding as well as fundraising.
To learn more about Second Stride, view adoptable horses, learn more about volunteering or make a donation to help support the organization’s mission, please visit the website!
Many thanks thanks to Ovation Riding for their support of both Horse Nation and individuals and organizations that are doing good work in the horse world. If you know someone who deserves a Standing Ovation, we would love to recognize them in a future post. Email the name of the person or organization along with a message about the good work they do to [email protected] Photos/videos are always welcome, and include a link to their website if applicable.