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August 13, 2006

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Echo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Echo
Age: Thirteen years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Arabian Horse
Home: British Columbia, Canada
   I got Echo last year when his previous owner called and asked if I could take him because his buddy had been hit by a car and had to be euthanized. I was looking for a new horse because my mom's horse, Dillon, was hard for me to ride. We accepted and brought Echo home a few days later. He and his buddy had been left in a field and were neglected by his other owner and not been ridden for a whole year.

    We brushed away the mud and manure from his mane, coat and tail. As a mostly white horse, of course, he's nearly impossible to keep completely clean, but I try. When he had his feet trimmed I got in the saddle fearfully. After twenty minutes of not experiencing the much expected spook-and-buck I slid off happy with success. I learned a few months later this horse may not be 'a walk in the park'. I have lived through many, many bucks, spooks and frustrating, tear-filled riding sessions I earned a balanced riding seat, horse sense, and I am still working on my natural horsemanship. At the end of a very unsuccessful and disrespectful ride I sometimes wish to sell him without fully thinking through the consequences. But when I calm down I know I could never do it. Echo has taught me the truth of this quote: 'You can learn more from a problematic horse than you can from a well-school riding pony.'


    I wait for each of this summer's long warm days when I can enhance my horsemanship and riding abilities and our friendship [(since Echo does not enjoy wind or rain).

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