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An Unusual Rescue Facility....

Postby Debby Thomas on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:26 pm

"People helping Horses, Horses Helping People"

The James River Correctional Facility, Goochland, Virginia. This is the home of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's James River Chapter. They were starting in 2007 when I was looking for a way to give back to the thoroughbreds that were such a big part of my professional life. This "Second Chances" program rescues at risk Thoroughbreds, rehabilitating, retraining, adopting or retiring as many of these deserving ex race horses as finances allow. Here prisoners care for the horses and take part in the "Groom Elite" program learning in depth about horse care, including diet and nutrition, physiology, and routine medical care.

Thoroughbreds give so much of themselves often to the point of injury. I realized the horses at James River were still giving. Here the inmates often change. The horses enlighten compassion, bonding, responsibility and the ability to open oneself to others.

Wonderful life lessons.

Truly "People Helping Horses, Horses Helping People".

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Postby Debby Thomas on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:29 pm

Hundred of acres of beautiful farmland at the prison where the Thoroughbreds can relax, repair and rebound in body and spirit.
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Postby Debby Thomas on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:33 pm

Inmates learn all aspects of horse care.
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Postby Debby Thomas on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:36 pm

One of the first horses and men in the program.
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Postby Debby Thomas on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:40 pm

Lovely mare retrained and adopted.
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Postby Debby Thomas on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:44 pm

The men truly enjoy helping in every way with the horses.
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Postby Debby Thomas on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:48 pm

"Ace of Hearts" and David talking things over.
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Postby Debby Thomas on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:53 pm

A previous poster demonstrates the feelings involved with the program.
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Postby Kevan Garecki on Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:04 pm

Marvelous job Debby! My favourite is the image of Ace & David!

We are in the initial stages of starting a similar program here in British Columbia, but for disadvantaged teens who have found themeselves in the correctional system. Some powerful, healing medicine there!
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Postby Michelle Twohig on Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:24 am

Beautiful, Debby. I'm so glad this program exists...what a wonderful model for everyone involved!
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Re: An Unusual Rescue Facility....

Postby Peter Lindsay on Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:24 am

Great images Debby. Now thats a good rehab program!

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Postby Mary Peterson on Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:54 pm

love!

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Postby Debby Thomas on Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:20 pm

Thank you all. It really is wonderful seeing the changes in both hoorses and men. The horses are so relaxed and happy.
Kevan it sounds like a great program you are working on. I hope you keep us updated.


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