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STAUNTON, IL (KTVI) – It’s said the blood runs hot in the thoroughbred and the courage runs deep. But after their racing days at tracks like Fairmount Park, Arlington, and Hawthorne have run their course, some horses are starting over near Staunton, Illinois.

“A lot of these horses are well-equipped to be dressage horses, hunters, or jumpers, and that's where we aim them after they're done racing,” says John Steinmeyer, co-founder of Thoroughbreds Helping Thoroughbreds.

John and Holly Steinmeyer have been horse owners for 38 years, but began their second chance nonprofit five years ago.

“What they learn at the track is run, run, run,” John says.

“Sometimes they need a little down time when they leave the race tracks,” says Holly Steinmeyer. “Sometimes maybe being turned out on pasture for six months and just chilling out and learning to be a horse again is what they call it.”

The nonprofit helps retrain the race horses and will hold a thoroughbred show Sunday, October 18 to show and sell some of these off the track thoroughbreds bonding in Macoupin County.

And if you go and ask this veterinarian and his wife, they'll agree that there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.

“It’s work but you get more back from it than you put into it,” John says.