Originally published in the Washington Post by Petula Dvorak Columnist May 17 at 12:05 PM Email the author Horses get walked at Second Chance Farm in Syksville, Md., which rescues retired racehorses destined for slaughterhouses and offers prison inmates the opportunity to take care of them. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) Or maybe for any species. As the crowds in […]Continue Reading
By Emily Chappell About two miles away from the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville sits a farm, the barn among grassy hills, a picket fence winding through. On a sunny day in May, the farm is mostly quiet aside from a few birds whose calls were carried on a soft breeze in the air. […]Continue Reading
Submitted by Sarah Stein, TRF Second Chances program manager at Sykesville Correctional Facility, MD Alex Wooten graduated from the six-month Second Chances Program in June, 2017. He continued to work at the farm as the head groom until he was released in mid-August after 20 years of incarceration. Within two weeks of his release, Alex […]Continue Reading
By Susan Salk on November 4, 2016 Making good on a promise to help an unremarkable racehorse who once passed through the hands of Kentucky Derby winning trainer Graham Motion, a staffer of the famous horseman worked tirelessly to secure a sanctuary home at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for a sweet gelding who’d run out […]Continue Reading
Published on Jun 22, 2015
Some inmates in the Maryland state prison system are hoping to make their lives after prison better by working with retired racehorses. The prisoners benefit from learning new skills as well as the compassion and patience it takes to work with the horses. Studies have shown that programs like these help decrease the likelihood that an inmate will return to prison.
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