Awkward Phone Calls, or ‘Why Your Farrier Hates You’

Horses… it’s like they just KNOW.

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Have you ever gotten a phone call from your barn manager or trainer at some off hour? Not fun. Most of the truly terrifying, dread-inducing phone calls that I fear getting relate to my horses and how they have potentially maimed, killed, or destroyed either themselves, others or personal property. Of course in some situations it’s really a toss up whether it’s worse to be on the sending or receiving end of those calls.


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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