The Idea of Order: Sound Familiar?

Come on, you know it does…

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As an instructor I’ve often seen this fun play out, but just as much so, as a rider I have experienced this lie quite a bit. For me, often the case is that I am absolutely certain that I am properly aligned to the right when I am, rather unfortunately, not. At first I was incredulous when my instructor hinted that perhaps I was STILL.NOT.TURNING because I most certainly FELT like I was. But of course I eventually realized the truth, and then the even bigger truth that things don’t always feel as they are.

Go Riding!

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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