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Jim Tremper has been with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances program at Wallkill Correctional Facility for over 30 years. Photo by Jessica Moore

‘Horses convert the toughest inmates’

Three decades having passed since he jackhammered concrete floors of an old dairy barn to make room for horses, Jim Tremper now looks back with pride on a little idea that turned a New York prison into a place of hope and second chances. Tremper, farm manager with Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s groundbreaking racehorse/prison program Second Chances was there the day a handful of inmates and security guards set about converting a 6,000 square foot barn into a shelter for unwanted retired racehorses and an old hayloft into a classroom to teach inmates horsemanship skills. And from his vantage as barn […]