Horse rescue in Quebec giving front-line workers a space to heal

Horse rescue in Quebec giving front-line workers a space to heal
VAUDREUIL-DORION, QUE. -- The Horse Tale Rescue farm is no ordinary equine farm, as it s providing a therapeutic place for health-care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"When I m here, my head is here, my feet are on the ground," said youth and family social worker Darlene Job. "I enjoy every minute of it. I m focused on what I can do for these awesome horses and what joy that brings me."

A Horse Tale Rescue provides a place for abandoned horses or former working animals in the horse-and-buggy industry.

The non-profit organization created a program for community groups with special needs to bond with the animals. It has since expanded the program to include health-care workers, and will soon be reaching out to teachers.

"They re giving so much of themselves to help us during the pandemic so it s the least we can do, give them the opportunity to come out and spend time with Max and Rusty and the rest of the horses," said founder Mike Grenier.

Job s grandmother and uncle recently died, and her daughter in Australia recently had a baby boy named Caleb, who she is unable to visit.

"It makes mad, (and) makes me sad at the same time because I love babies and I ve devoted a lot of my career to helping other people with their children and because of the pandemic I can t go and help my own child," said Job.

What Job can do is care for the horses, who have been through their own hardships.

"It s calming, and also it s kind of impressive," said social worker Genevieve Tousignant. "It s big, so you need to pay attention. It brings you in the present so that s why it feels good."
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