The Beginning-The Search
Very excited to start up this Journal thread for my new project. Hoping to keep this filly as a long term project. A horse to train and keep for myself, but no one ever really knows where these types of adventures lead. Sometimes they lead to great financial opportunities which can lead you to selling your project and well....starting over.
I am fortunate and blessed to say that I have an amazing and incredible amount of support from my wonderful husband, something that back in my single days did not have a chance to have-making this adventures an even more incredible one.
We started our search for a foal earlier this year, for a new project for me to tackle. We searched the web, newspapers, classifieds. We talked to horse people we knew, close friends, trainers-horse hoarders
With recession hitting most people pretty hard, there was definitely no lack in choices but I still did not come across anything that made my heart skip. Nothing that made me feel like it was THE horse I needed to purchase.
We were on a trip in California when we found her. Cute as a button. She was a dark bay little filly, still nursing and just 3.5 months old at the time. She had this very gentle and curious personality to her. A trait which her father has been known for and throwing in his babies. Something that I find is critical in finding that perfect horse. The filly is a Warmbloob, registered with the AWS.
After talking to the breeder and discussing what her future might look like, we arranged purchasing her and transport home to Alberta/Canada. She arrived 6 weeks later.
Onto her name.....The name Echo came to be years ago when a mare which was part of my breeding program, had to be put down. The story itself is a heart breaking tale which I do not want to go into, but something that is still close to my heart. During my last exchange with that mare, I promised her that if I ever had a mare again, I would name her after her; and this is how her name came to be.
I am hoping to have this journal regularly updated with pictures, so we can see how she grows and changes and fills into what I am hoping will be a beautiful mare.
Echo's journal is going to be a fun one, with lots of fun updates and hopefully interesting ones!
and hoping to get as many readers as possible, so please make yourself comfortable, bring on some snacks and let's go thru this journey together.