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Former inmate Nicole Mason-Suares and her OTTB Exporter embark on a new life together.

Horses help ex-inmate find love, career, hope

A young woman who learned to ride and care for horses while participating in a prisoner/OTTB  program at the Lowell Correctional Institution of Florida has returned to society with a promising career, a happy relationship and a horse of her own. Nicole Mason-Suares, 30, of Ocala, says that her life completely turned around after she began working with ex-racehorses. On the prison grounds where the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) runs a unique program offering care to Thoroughbreds while teaching inmates horsemanship and life skills, Mason-Suares says she felt a spark of hope return to her; it was something she hadn’t […]