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my2geldings 10-12-2012 12:30 AM

Warmblood filly: Echo's Journal
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 :lol: 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! :happydance: 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.

Spotted 10-12-2012 12:44 AM

Awesome! do you have any pictures?

my2geldings 10-12-2012 12:49 AM

Waiting for her arrival
The wait for the filly to arrive felt like months. We regularly got photos of her via email, but it just never felt good enough knowing she was so close to us. She was right at the tip of our fingers.

my2geldings 10-12-2012 12:53 AM

Echo arrived during our thanksgiving dinner, or at least what was our thanksgiving dinner being we were at the stable unloading her. She arrived home after a long 2 day trailering trip, on October 7 at 6pm.

She settled down fairly quickly once she arrived in her paddock.

ParaIndy 10-12-2012 12:21 PM

She is SOOO pretty!:D Such a nice color too. Good luck with her!

my2geldings 10-13-2012 10:59 PM

Quiet afternoon
Brought the filly in today while hubby rode outside. An absolute darling she is, my heart melts when I'm around her. She stands when tied, she stays quiet when you brush her, she is absolutely perfect with her feet-as tho she'd done it all her life. Bug spray and other detangled sprays she takes like it's the norm(most babies would have had a fit over getting something spray on them). She halters and leads(with lack of motivation).

While hubby was riding our other mare, she followed me around the arena, keeping her head right in my side. She is so gentle. I am amazed with her every time I see her.

Excuse the quality of some of those photos as they were taken with my phone.

Height and growing update. This is another photo of her standing next to me. Again I'm 5'5 to give you an idea. She will turn 5 months in a week.

my2geldings 10-22-2012 11:00 PM

Weather getting worst
The weather has been getting quite cold this week and we are in the middle of our first snow storm. I have been to busy to go see Echo for the last few days, but tonight I did make it after work.

I only had my cell with me so here are a few pictures. She has definitely grown a lot more in the last 2 weeks. She turned 5 months old 3 days ago.

Jore 10-23-2012 05:48 AM

She's so cute! I had been waiting for more pictures! :-)

my2geldings 10-23-2012 11:21 AM

Definitely need to get some updated photo. The 1st which is coming out pretty soon, will be due for her monthly growing photo so I will be posting an update soon. I also decided I'll start measuring her every month to keep track of her growing spurts.

More photos to come!

my2geldings 11-07-2012 10:52 PM

Still growing!
She is growing like crazy! this "little" girl is growing like you wouldn't believe :lol:

She is such a big girl. She is one of the most soft spoken and gentle mares I have ever dealt with. Not herd bound at all and learns very quickly what it is you want her to do. A great little girl. Took her out in the outdoor arena today to have some playing time :lol:

Can't tell by the photos, but it was FREEZING outside. Strong cold wind. It was about -10 and I couldn't feel my fingers.

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