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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Jim Tremper, left, has taught inmates to care for Thoroughbreds since 1984.

Junkies, angry inmates made well by T’breds

It was a crazy idea. Teaching prison inmates to care for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in a rehabilitative setting that provided care for unwanted horses, while at the same time instilling a new lease on life for the inmates, seemed a bit far-fetched to Jim Tremper. So when a friend suggested that Tremper apply for a new position at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York, where the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) was preparing to launch its flagship Second Chances program, he recoiled— a little. “At the time I remember thinking I didn’t want to work at a prison,” he said. “And […]