Set up in 2013, the Horse Valley Amateur Sports Association project is renewed and enhanced every year in collaboration with Montorio Prison.
It comprises a training course for stable technicians which every year introduces a group of inmates towards this profession. Training includes theoretical and practical lessons dealing with stable management, horse ethology, nutrition and equestrian technique and personal reports by certain professional figures, such as veterinarians and farriers. In addition, a special course in kundalini yoga was also introduced some years ago to help improve the emotional and breathing status of participants, enabling them to approach horses free of the emotional negativity of the condition of deprivation in which they live.
The project is strongly supported by Fieracavalli and continues to be particularly successful in the prison; requests to join the course are always very numerous.
Some inmates – those who benefit from Article 21 and can therefore carry out activities outside the penitentiary – also go to Corte Molon where they carry out voluntary work and collaborate with the stable staff in managing the horses.
Those who are not allowed to leave take care of the horses and the stable inside the prison itself. Inaugurated during Fieracavalli 2015, the stable in the prison is home to 3 horses and is a place of work but above all of well-being for all inmates who may benefit from contact with animals and the special relationship between people and horses.
The stable in the prison premises was also invaluable during the recent lockdown period in response to the health emergency. When all other activities were suspended, the stable remained active to maintain animal welfare and gave a number of inmates the opportunity to endure these difficult times more successfully.