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July 29, 2022

Retired race horses are helping inmates build their resumes at a Marion county C.I

Clarissa Davis

Erica Nicole

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - It’s a second chance they thought they’d never get.

“We come into this situation and it’s unfortunate. We feel as if it’s the end, but it’s not,” said Akaysha Richardson, inmate.

It’s just the beginning of a career for many female inmates at the Lowell Correctional Institution.

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chance Program is not only offering retired racehorses a second chance, but a second chance for these women as well.

“I wake up in the morning and all I look forward to is seeing these horses every single day,” said Robin Greinke, inmate.

The program has been around for nearly 20 years and inmates learn both life and vocational skills such horse anatomy, equine nutrition, how to care for injuries and other aspects of horse care.

“When I first started the program, I was so afraid of every animal out here, from the horses down to the cats. I was terrified, but I gave it chance and I overcame my fear and now there’s nothing you can’t get me to do,” Richardson said.

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