The Idea of Order: Riding At 15 Degrees

Synonymous with “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Also synonymous with “death wish.” Seriously: my youngster is actively trying to kill me each ride I’m silly enough to try). Just as seriously, I am entirely DONE with winter. Over it. The next person to tell me how beautiful the snow is is getting a shirt full of it.

2016-1-6-15 degrees*Disclaimer: I’m not actually trying to ride or vigorously work my horse when it’s 15 degrees outside. Doing so is actually not good for him and I’m aware of that. I simply used this temperature to highlight how ridiculously cold it has been.

Go Riding! And GO AWAY WINTER!

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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