Retired race horses are bringing hope and motivation to inmates in the Maryland prison system. This video is about a unique program that rescues retired race horses and gives not only the horses a chance at a better life, but prison inmates as well. These horses are actually therapy horses for the inmates of the prison system. There are many benefits for the prisoners because they not only learn skills and responsibility, they learn patience and love while not being judged.
Any successful prison system includes rehabilitation programs, and programs like this one really bring out a more patient and caring side of people instead of making them feel worthless. The horses appreciate this because after being on a racing circuit, they need to be with people who accept them for the gentle creatures they are rather than how fast they can run. These horses know what it’s like to be shunned as a result of doing something wrong or as a result of failure.
This innovative program is called ‘second Chances’ and it was started by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation as a way to rescue race horses and prove they still have value. If these horses don’t find a home after retiring, they could be euthanized or slaughtered for meat. Appalling. Fortunately, the prisoners aren’t the only ones benefiting from this program. The horses respond positively and enjoy their new life of leisure, just being loved and taken care of and not worrying about running the next race.
Watch this marvelous Second Chances program video above.