Lowell Correctional Institution: Ocala, Florida

About Lowell Correctional Institution

  • Ocala, Florida
  • Founded 2000
  • 50 Horses
  • 15 Women
  • 100 Acres

Located in the heart of horse country, the TRF farm at the Lowell Correctional Facility in Ocala opened in 2001 and is the home to 50 horses. The farm does have a couple of equine celebrities in the herd – Grade 1 stakes winner Forbidden Apple, a star on the turf who earned over $1.6 million on the track and popular warhorse Shake You Down, a graded stakes winning sprinter who earned over $1.4 million throughout his career. They are special members of the herd, but so are all the horses at Lowell regardless of their accomplishments on the racetrack.

“We are providing good character-building inmate training, and a haven to these once heroes of the track,” said Florida Secretary of Corrections Michael W. Moore when announcing the opening of facility.

He could not have been more right. The horses bask in the warmth of Florida’s perpetual sunshine and the inmates are learning skills that can be put to use upon their release including empathy, patience and responsibility.

In five months, an inmate, J.T. says she has learned “more about horses than I thought there was to know. I really like them.” Caring for the horses has changed her life’s direction, and J.T. hopes to work at a track or a horse farm.

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