The Idea of Order: Braiding …

… another form of character building.

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Have I mentioned that I’m not so much a fan of braiding? Once or twice maybe? It’s really too bad I’m OCD about it since that forces me to do my own horses and most of my clients’. No matter how many times I do it I’ve yet to convince myself it’s enjoyable; especially the next morning when I’m fixing the braids that my equine darlings tried to rub out. Thankfully these days I do mostly dressage braids which are much quicker and less arthritis-inducing than putting in 40 some hunter braids…


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 now beastly 5-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

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