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A horsetail rescue raises funds to feed herd as hay prices soar – Montreal

A few families got a taste of the country at Vaudreuil-Dorrien Saturday’s A Horse Tale Rescue summer fundraiser.

A “Day in the Country” event would not be complete without one of the most popular activities, a hayride to see some cows. But ask any kid about their favorite attraction and they’ll probably answer horses.

“I love horses,” said Ines Garrot-Fernandez. Her younger sister Lola Garrott-Fernandez agreed, “Me too.”

Horsetail Rescue opened its facilities to the public Saturday for the first time in three years. The organization rehabilitates and rehabilitates horses in need of a second chance.

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“They come from different areas where people can no longer afford (to keep them or have) a change in lifestyle or some injuries. But we also have five from the caleche industry in Montreal,” said Mike Grenier, executive director of A Horse Tail Rescue.

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Hudson resident Donna Munro has lived near the rescue facility for more than a decade but discovered it through friends on Saturday.

“Very good. I’m very excited to be here and hang out,” Munro said.

She is one of dozens of visitors who get up close and personal with 13 beautiful horses and learn how they are cared for.

“I am amazed at how well the volunteers take care of the horses. They were showing some pictures of the horses before they came and how they were treated terribly,” said John Martin, who traveled from Montreal for the event.

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A total of 350 pounds of hay is eaten as part of the horses’ daily routine. This has proved costly, with straw prices doubling in the past year.

“Just the grass costs 30 to 40 thousand (dollars) a year,” Grenier said.

The fundraiser includes not only hayrides, but also corn on the cob, pictures with horses, a dunk tank and baked goods for sale. All proceeds raised help feed the herd.

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“We, like other charities, are still in need. So if you can, when you can, help us. It’s going to a good cause,” Grenier said.

The organization hopes to give others the opportunity to connect personally with the horses, so volunteers can continue to care for horses in need.

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