The Idea of Order: Turnout Gear
Because not all horses are equally good at destroying themselves.
While I know that there are horses of all breeds who are a hot mess in turn out, it really seems that the warmbloods in my life are the best at that sort of thing. Most of the Quarter horses, Arabs, ponies, and even OTTBs I’ve known have all been pretty sane when it comes to turnout — or at least they don’t actively try to die. This has not held true so far for the warmbloods who seem to require the equivalent of football gear to survive an afternoon on the grass.
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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