The Idea of Order: ‘Helpful’ Advice from the Warm-up Ring

… AKA awkwardly funny stuff, overheard.

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This is actually a retread of sorts of an older comic I did. I remember being totally amused, and sometimes totally dumbfounded, by the statements I’d overhear in the warm up when we went to HITS in Ocala (some of which were actually being directed at my sister and I). Given some of the statements, I’m not so sure some coaches were as helpful as they think they were, but they certainly were entertaining. 😉


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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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