Program gives inmates and horses a second chance

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Second Chances Farm at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington is celebrating 20 years of changing lives for horses and inmates.

Everett Tucker is an inmate at Blackburn after being involved with drugs.

Tucker says it’s his first time in prison. He has two kids and one of his son’s was born since he’s been at Blackburn.

“I mean, I miss my family,” said Everett Tucker.

Tucker got into a program at Blackburn where inmates learn how to care for former race horses and manage a farm.

This is a job for inmates and they get paid for working.

Blackburn is home to just under 50 race horses. The farm is considered a retirement home for horses.

Tucker says one day he spotted the horse ‘Invincible Vince’ and knew there was something special about him.

Invincible Vince and Tucker built a relationship on trust. Tucker says trust is something he’s struggled with.

“I’m at peace with myself in this environment,” said Tucker.

Tucker says his experience has given him a new outlook. He hopes his life outside of prison will include a career with horses.

“I want my kids to be crawling up the legs of a horse. I want to teach them what I know. I feel like it could be a good life,” said Tucker.

The program is funded through a partnership between Blackburn and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

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