The Idea of Order: How to Read Horse Sale Ads…

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Who hasn’t has the “fun” of horse shopping and being shown horses that weren’t quite what they’d seemed in their ad? It’s almost as much fun as going on a blind date with someone billed as 6’2″ with a wicked sense of humor and instead meeting a 5’7″ wallflower who thinks horses are frightening (true story…). In any event, in an effort to avoid those sorts of scenarios I’ve compiled this handy little list to help you better translate what those ads are really saying.

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2015-10-27-horse ads updated

Go Horse Shopping! But take knowledgeable buddy.

Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 32-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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