The Idea of Order: Why Parents Buy Their Kids Ponies

… it (probably) isn’t because they hate the kids.

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No, the real reason is most likely that they just don’t know what sort of beast they’re dealing with: so obscenely adorable, so incredibly naughty. As evil as ponies can be, it’s hard not to love them just the same — although I imagine it’s a little easier for those who’ve never been maimed, mauled, or outsmarted by one.

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Go Ponies!

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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