The Idea of Order: What Do Horses Cost?


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I fell down the rabbit hole that is the internet and stumbled upon a meme with the above text. I loved it for its somewhat ambiguous nature; I wasn’t quite sure if the intent was to imply that the surrendering of one’s soul was a good or bad thing. Certainly the amount of self we devote to our beasts – our time, effort, emotion, and money – is something easily considered insane by those unafflicted by the addiction, and yet I think there’s something wholly fabulous about having a passion so worthwhile to surrender yourself to.

Go Riding!

Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 34-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

Photo (c) Michele Ting.

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