The Idea of Order: Mares…

Always keeping score.

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Before anyone starts hating on me for this, let me just say that some of the VERY best horses I’ve ever had have been mares and I do believe that a good mare will give you 110%. That being said, they also tend to have a wicked sense of ‘justice’ and will be the first to let you know if you’re riding like an idiot (or sometimes just that they *think* you are). This can be both a good and bad thing.


Go Riding!  But Not Like an Idiot.

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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