The Idea of Order: Blanketing…

… is more expensive than you’d think.

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Not only is blanketing time consuming –particularly if you have more than one horse to shroud in said blanket– but it’s also stressful AND potentially expensive. Wow, I guess it’s sort of like a microcosm for the entirety of horse ownership… but I digress.  Anyhow, blankets are just one more reason why I think winter is some sort of unthinkable purgatory.

*And before everyone chimes in to remind me that horses don’t need blankets, let me say that while that may be true of some, because I show mine and end up having to clip them so they dry from being ridden (in these grossly short days), they do end up needing blankets (like 40 of them, apparently).

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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