Rip, zip and away: Rebecca's Horse Blanket Repair at your service

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Kate Aley

As all horse-owners well know, to their constant dismay, it takes a determined quadruped a mere moment to pull a buckle off a winter blanket or to completely tear a flysheet apart in the back paddock.

Equine equipment is too expensive to keep replacing, but luckily help is at hand from Rebecca Leblanc, pictured here with Indy, wearing a custom-made neck-piece for the Lope for Hope event last week.

 Based on Wilson Road in Quyon, Leblanc has been in the business of repairing horse blankets and other fabric-based gear for over 12 years.

Whether it’s a matter of a simple patch or a full-scale rebuild, Leblanc has the skill and needle-power to remedy the most dreadful horse-generated damage.

Rebecca Leblanc has been making and repairing her own clothes since she was in high school. She learned to repair the torn horse blankets her mother brought home from her work at with Garth Henry, a large animal vet with Russell Equine, in Russell, Ont.

“I had been altering my friends’ clothes for years so I just jumped in on blankets,” said Leblanc. “When the children were young, I would set up at night and sew like crazy. Once, I did 75 blankets in two days. Fixing tears and replacing buckles, dealing with coolers filled with holes... everything.”

And so Rebecca’s Horse Blanket Repair was born.

Leblanc prides herself on the exacting standard of her work. “Horses are very sensitive; they can feel a fly land anywhere on their skin and they can certainly feel a stitch in the wrong place,” she explained. “A stitch that is wrong feels like hay in your bra… it’s not fun!”

Oh deary me... that's a mess...

Wow, as good as new!

A bad repair will result in a horse continuing to work at the blanket until it is torn again.

“A horse blanket has two parts, the inner and outer, whether it’s a rain sheet or a winter rug – if they have been stitched together it degrades the integrity of the blanket and lets the water in,” she said. “I like the detective work; I want to know why the rug was torn: sometimes there could be a stalk of hay between the two layers that is causing the horse to rub against it.”

She also offers a blanket washing service. “I hand wash blankets in soap using a recipe from Dr. David Suzuki rather than detergent [so it will not] degrade the waterproofing,” she said. “The soap doesn’t irritate the horse’s skin either. I know horses and their wellbeing is paramount to me.”

These days some of Leblanc’s repair work comes due to her nasally dexterous Haflinger gelding, Logan. “He will strip you naked with his mouth and nose looking for treats. He loves the sound of Velcro ripping”, Leblanc said with a laugh. As a result of Logan’s investigative prowess, Leblanc is often repairing his paddock-mates' blankets.

As well as repairs and adjustments, Leblanc is up for any challenge horse-lovers may have for her. She recently created a cell-phone holder that attaches to a saddle, along with a line of bit-warmers. She also creates costumes for themed events and personalized sleeves to place a horses' name on their halter. Some of her products are available at the Farmer's Store in Luskville.

There are always so many halters in a barn... note Logan's name on his, far right.

“I will try and make anything,” she said. “People can throw me a problem and I’ll come up with a solution. I love to get creative.”

Find Rebecca’s Horse Blanket Repair on Facebook.com/Rebeccas-Horse-Blanket-Repair.

 

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!

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Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters

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Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

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Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

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