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Convicts Nurse Six Thoroughbreds Back to Health at TRFThoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Convicts empathize with forsaken OTTBs

July 11, 2016


A mare and foal bond with inmates who will now see them through to hard times.

Lexington, KY – In a twist of fate, men at the Blackburn Correctional Facility in TRF’s Second Chances program who may have awoken on June 28th, 2016 questioning their own self worth, were entrusted with a life or death mission – to nurse to health six starved horses who were deemed the worst cases at the Mercer County, Ky. farm where 43 horses were seized.

Veteran horsewoman and TRF farm manager Linda Dyer says that these men are finding new meaning in their own lives by taking responsibility for the meticulous rehabilitation plan and extra love and kindness that these horses need.


Z Camelot is among the Thoroughbreds rescued from Mercer County, Ky. and taken to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

The worst of the six horses are Z Camelot, pictured right, and an unidentified mare and foal also pictured with inmates. When asked how he felt when he first saw the six horses, inmate Robert Buck was at a loss for words.

“It was so awful and unbelievable” he recalled. “But now, it is really cool to see their progress.”

Silver Cliff’s caretaker, Brandon Linning, had similar feelings about the ordeal.

He said: “This sounds kind of crazy but I kind of identify with them. They were locked up … just like we are all locked up. I treat them the way I want to be treated. I take them out for walks, put them in a little bigger stall or pasture; give them a taste of freedom.”

The horses are being monitored daily by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

To donate to the horses at the TRF, please visit: https://trf20546.thankyou4caring.org/Make-A-Gift. To designate funds to the Blackburn Correctional Facility, please use the dropdown menu on the bottom left of the donations page.

To read more about the ongoing case involving the herd of 43 abandoned horses in Kentucky, please check out these links: http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/16622278http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/road-recover-may-long-one-starved-horses/, http://www.drf.com/news/six-underweight-horses-borell-farm-moved-trf-facility.

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