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Horses act as mirror for offenders at Second Chances Farm

TOWSON, MD — Officials with the department’s Second Chances Horse Farm in Sykesville, which allows up to seven inmates the chance to care for retired racehorses, recently held a graduation for one of its participants.

The six-month program is one of just nine of its kind in the country. In cooperation with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the program allows inmates to acquire skills necessary to work in the horse industry upon their release.

“The horses act as a kind of mirror to the guys and help them see themselves differently,” said the new program director Sarah Stein.

The farm will soon be holding an “open barn” for visitors.