Many people say that dogs are a man’s best friend. However, these prisoners would agree that horses are a man’s best friend. At Second Chances Farm, inmates from the Maryland state prison system are able to interact with and care for retired racehorses. Hence the name, both the inmates and horses receive a second chance. Inmates learn about the potential within themselves and have the opportunity to make a better life after prison. The retired racehorses are rescued from abuse and even slaughter. The interaction between them leads to a growing sense of kindness and compassion in the prisoners. The prisoners are trained in working with horses and even achieve a certification that allows for many career opportunities. The horses benefit from the care and keeping that the inmates provide for them. This noble organization paves the way way to the increase of self awareness and patience among the inmates. It truly gives them a second chance to make their lives worthwhile.
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