Lexington prisoners work with horses

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The brown, white and black horses poking their heads out of their stalls in the barn would make any visitor forget they're at a prison.

That's what Anthony Smith, an inmate at Blackburn Correctional Complex, says he likes about the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's program that allows inmates to work with horses.

Smith says working with horses "gets you out of the prison state of mind."

Inmates at the state minimum-security prison recently showcased their new talents and explained the program to people who sponsor horses at the facility, the media and members of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a group that focuses on taking care of retired racehorses, many of whom are at the end of their lives and not suited to new careers as riding or pleasure horses.

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