The Idea of Order: Death by Dressage Boot

Or, why new boots are ACTUALLY a form of torture.

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So perhaps my hunter friends don’t have this problem since incredibly soft, comfortable boots are the trend in that discipline. BUT, my fellow DQs have likely experienced the hateful burn of breaking in “stiff” dressage boots. For some reason the trend in dressage is for boots to be like stove pipes. Are you waddling like a penguin? Are your legs sticking straight out while sitting on the horse? Have you successfully sloughed off all the skin on your ankles? Do you have blisters on your blisters? AWESOME! Those MUST be super nice boots. ;)


Go Showing (with NEW Boots AND Blisters)!

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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