Some families got a taste of country life at A Horse Tale Rescue’s summer fundraiser in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Saturday.
The Day in the Country event isn’t complete without one of the most popular activities, a wagon ride to see cows. But ask any child what their favorite attraction is and they’ll probably answer you with horses.
“I love horses,” said Ines Garrote-Fernandez. Her younger sister Lola Garrote-Fernandez agreed with “me too.”
A Horse Tale Rescue opened its facilities to the public on Saturday for the first time in three years. The organization rehabilitates and rehouses horses that need a second chance.
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“They come from different areas where people can no longer afford (to keep them or may have a) lifestyle change or certain injuries. But we also have five that come from the carriage industry in Montreal,” said A Horse Tale Rescue general manager Mike Grenier.
Hudson resident Donna Munro has lived near the rescue center for more than a decade, but only found out about it Saturday through a friend.
“It’s amazing. I’m so excited to be here and walk around,” Munro said.
She was among dozens of visitors who got up close to the 13 beautiful horses and learned how they are cared for.
“I am amazed at how well the volunteers look after the horses. They were showing pictures of the horses before they arrived and how terribly cared for they were,” said John Martin, who traveled from Montreal for the event.
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Part of a horse’s daily routine is to eat a total of 350 pounds of hay. It’s a necessity that turns out to be costly, with the price of hay having doubled in the past year.
“It costs between 30 and 40,000 (dollars) a year just for the hay,” Grenier said.
The fundraiser not only includes wagon rides, but also corn on the cob, pictures with a horse, a dunk tank and baked goods for sale. All profits collected are used to feed the herd.
“We, like all other charities, are always in need. So, if you can, when you can, help us. It’s for a good cause,” Grenier said.
The organization hopes that giving others the chance to connect with horses in person encourages them to give back, so volunteers can continue to care for horses in need.
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