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Barney Gives Back

This is the story of Barney, a gentle giant whose life was changed through the transformative power of love. He has since touched many human hearts with his grace and sensitivity, offered in spite of all he has been through. In 2014, I learned about Christine and Howie Welch and their work at the Freedom Valley Horse Rescue in Omemee, Ontario. Wanting to help in any way I could, I offered my services as a professional photographer and took portraits of all their rescued horses, hoping to assist in their adoptions. This is how I met Barney, an admirable Belgian gelding, who had been with the rescue for a little over a year. Our first encounter was truly memorable for me. When I approached him in the field, where he reigned as herd leader, we immediately connected. It felt as if we knew each other. I was in awe of…

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