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Therapy Horses: TRF Second Chances Program

Career Paths
April 28th, 2020

After retiring from racing, thoroughbred horses can pursue other careers. One is to become a therapy horse. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is a non-profit organization whose mission, to save thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect and abuse, has a unique program for such horses. The TRF Second Chances program allows inmates at correctional facilities to build life skills while participating in a vocational training program as they provide supervised care to retired racehorses.

The TRF Second Chances program provides training in equine care and management for offenders using retired thoroughbred racehorses. Through this program, retired racehorses are saved from possible neglect and abuse. The Vandalia Correctional Center in Illinois is one of seven Second Chance programs through the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation around the United States.

See media coverage of this facility to learn more about the program in the video here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Second Chances program, join Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for a FREE educational tour of seven TRF Second Chances Programs via Zoom. Sign up at the link here and tune in at 4 p.m. on Friday May 1st!