The Idea of Order: Ponies
You never really outgrow them.
Ponies are cunning, sneaky, rotten little things whose irresistible charm somehow still manages to endear them to us. This is true whether you’re twelve or thirty-two. This week’s comic is inspired by Jack Jack, the maybe 14-hand New Forest pony that managed to hitch a ride home with my on my trailer from the show last weekend. Oops.
I’m blaming it on the fact that I never got to have my own pony as a kid. He’s ostensibly for me to bring along in dressage for some of my younger students, or eventual sale. That’s what I told The Husband anyway. You can see pictures of him below this week’s comic if you’re curious about the tiniest beastlet who has wormed his way into my life (I’m ignoring the fact that I’m sadly not really a pony-sized rider at 5’7″).
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 www.theideaoforder.com.
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