S.C. inmates learning how to care for horses

COLUMBIA (AP) ó South Carolinaís prison system is showing off more than a dozen retired thoroughbred horses currently being cared for by the stateís inmates.


Officials are held an open house at Wateree River Correctional Institution on Tuesday. Prison officials said inmates care for the horses, which are being put up for adoption by the South Carolina Committee of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.


The Second Chances program gives carefully selected prisoners hands-on instruction in the care, feeding and handling of retired racing horses.


Organizers said inmates who complete the program can use the skills they learn after theyíre released from prison.


The program got started in 2004. In all, there are more than 40 horses at the prison facility.