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Part 1: Echo

13 July 2017
Part 1: Echo

Part 1: Echo

Echo was my first pony at 12. I had been harping on for a pony since I was around 7. We lived in Auckland at the time and I'd had no exposure to horses, I just knew I wanted one.

We moved to Waitati from Auckland when I was 8, and 4 years later Echo arrived in my life. He was about 20 years old, my dreams had come true! Mum knew nothing of horses so I taught myself. I had no saddle, so rode bareback. Saddles, even second hand were extremely expensive back then and when I finally did get one, it was a military saddle, and was almost as long as Echo.

Echo was my first pony at 12. I had been harping on for a pony since I was around 7.

We lived in Auckland at the time and I'd had no exposure to horses, I just knew I wanted one.

We moved to Waitati from Auckland when I was 8, and 4 years later Echo arrived in my life. He was about 20 years old, my dreams had come true! Mum knew nothing of horses so I taught myself. I had no saddle, so rode bareback. Saddles, even second hand were extremely expensive back then and when I finally did get one, it was a military saddle, and was almost as long as Echo.

I experienced some things in my childhood no child should. It was a pretty dark time, I never told a soul until years later when it became necessary, to protect someone else. I have never thought of myself as a victim and at this point in my life I consider those experiences and the ones that followed when it became public, as an asset to my personality and life experience. I have insights into certain things that others don't. Horses have always been the consistent influence in my life and have guided me through many troubled waters. I have much to thank them for.

As a result of my early life, I was an unconfident kid with a fairly high self preservation instinct. But inside I knew I could rely on myself and a passion for horses was all I needed to get me through. I was lucky. Lucky to be a kid at a time when it was fine at 12 years old to bugger off all day with my friends and our ponies on various adventures. I was obsessed with horses, so not much has changed!

Echo was such a great pony, it took me at least 8 months to have the guts to canter and the first time was by accident. He bucked me off a lot, I probably deserved it. I'll never forget the first time I was winded, I literally thought I was dying! lol :D

There was no Pony Club in Waitati but I did to go to the Blueskin A&P show every year, and whatever gymkhanas we could. You didn't travel much in those days it was too expensive. To win a ribbon was bloody hard, so on the odd occasion you did fluke one, it was incredibly precious!

All in all a great start with an awesome pony, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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Louisa Andrew
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Email: louisa@manestreamequine.co.nz

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