The Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern is helping Chester County Prison inmates deal with trauma and addiction through the Women’s Reentry Assessment and Programming initiative, writes Michael Rellahan for Lancaster Online.
The Equine Stable Pathways program is funded by several local nonprofits and run by Chester County’s Adult Probation Department. The eight-week program helps inmates learn that staying out of jail is an attainable goal.
“Being with the horses is such a good, sober activity,” said one of the women. “You get away from the negativity of the jail system.”
The inmates are under the supervision of therapists, as well as a probation officer, during their visits. They engage the horses in narrative exercises to help them deal with the obstacles that can cause them to reoffend.
The program already proved effective in April, when the Chester County Women’s Commission funded a pilot program for five women to take part in equine-assisted therapy.
Read more about the acclaimed initiative at Lancaster Online here.