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.

 

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Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

100 Homes in Pontiac Hit by Devastating Tornado Plowing Across Outaouais Region

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Thomas Soulière

It was one minute after five o’clock on Friday afternoon when the tornado that made landfall 9 kilometers away in Dunrobin, Ontario crossed Route 148 in the Breckenridge sector of the Municipality of Pontiac.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady


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The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and eventually a “ban” of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020.  Municipalities who comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs.   The Municipality of Pontiac has responded by passing a resolution to initiate door to door collection with costs paid for by the residents. 

Fun for all: new play equipment at Onslow Elementary

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Kate Aley

If you hear a higher pitch of childhood enjoyment coming from the Onslow Elementary School playground at break time, it's probably due to the exciting new playground equipment installed there last week. Pontiac2020.ca asked Home and School committee representative Stacy Johnston for some details.

Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

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