The Idea of Order: Winter Coats…

Or why horses also hate body clipping.

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This is basically how I feel every time I pull my body clipped horse’s blanket off to groom and ride. As much as I loathe body clipping, I agree that for working horses it’s somewhat of a necessity (especially for mine that grow coats like yaks). However, that still doesn’t make me feel less awful when it’s freezing out and I’m coping by wearing 18 layers.



Go Riding!

Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 31-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She was recently able to complete her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently working on her gold. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a gawky 4-year-old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at

photo by Tamara Torti

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