PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - It may seem like an unlikely pair, but Putnamville CorrectionalFacility is rehabilitating inmates and retired horses together.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the only equestrianprogram for prisoners in the state of Indiana.
An inmate at the Putnamville Correctional Facility, Ricky Pedigohas been with this program from the start nearly two years ago.
A program that takes in retired thoroughbreds or neglectedhorses and rehabilitates them.
Every day the 13 inmates in the program clean the stalls, feedand bond with the horses.
The offenders in the program are healing right along with thehorses.
"It gives me something to look forward to, it's changed me, it'smade me more conscientious about things," Pedigo said.
It's the chance to change the equine instructor Barbara Holcombsaid offenders need.
"They're going to be your neighbors some day, wouldn't you wantthem to have some type of compassion to feel responsible forsomething," Holcomb said.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is a non-profitorganization, therefore the program for the inmates is not fundedby the state.
The horse farm has 100 acres and 37 horses, but is expected tobring in more by the end of the year.
The horses do become available for adoption. If your interestedin the program or adoption clickhere.
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