The Idea of Order: Things You’d Rather NOT Hear From Your Vet

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I think if you’ve been in horses longer than a minute you’ve had your fair share of less-than-fun conversations with your vet. While logic might have you think the most upsetting things would involve horrendous maiming or death, the reality is that the unknown ambiguity is far more terrifying (and expensive).

While it’s never amusing when your horse is hurt, you have to admit there’s a bit of humor in the terror certain seemingly innocuous phrases can induce in us. Anyone care to share their own?

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Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 33-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 7-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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