James River Horse Foundation

The first class of inmates with a few of the James River horses.


Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Adoption, Equine-Assisted

Location: Oilville, Virginia

Founded: 2019

Website: jamesriverhorses.org

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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 25

Twenty-four rescued Thoroughbreds graze on the banks of the James River, secure in their retirement. These horses are cared for by inmates under a partnership between the James River Horse Foundation and the Virginia Department of Corrections. Not only do the horses receive excellent care, but they give back so much to their caretakers in terms of job skills and life skills. It is truly a win-win situation where people help horses and horses help people.

It is one thing that these horses have a beautiful sanctuary in which to live out their lives, but the larger side of this program is the impact the horses have on the lives of those who care for them. One of the current inmates had this to say about the program. “I have a new respect for horses, hard work and life in general. I am so grateful to be blessed with this opportunity.” Another inmate said, “Creek Bay has taught me that patience and persistence really do pay off. I just want to say thank you for this program.”


James River Horse Foundation Success Stories