In the world of horse racing, once a horse reaches the end of its professional career, it very seldom has the opportunity for a quiet and peaceful retirement.
Once they grow too old or become too injured to continue competing, most owners opt to put their horses down rather than bear the cost of maintaining an animal that will bring in no further prize winnings.
In an effort to address this depressing practice, an Australian program has been running for a number of years in a minimum-security prison to the north of Sydney.
As part of the program, the St Heliers Correctional Centre has accepted a total of 50 retired racehorses since 2011 that would otherwise have been likely destined to be put down. In return, the horses provide a valuable resource for the prisoners that would otherwise not be available.
For example, the horses are made available for recreational riding, equestrian events, police …