The Idea of Order: My Morning Ride…

… sets the tone for everything else.

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I think most of us can relate to this… Horses are such an integral part of our lives that their inexorable connection to our moods isn’t particularly shocking. A bad ride can cause a ridiculous amount of rumination while a good one just reaffirms that all the crazy, expensive, work-laden things horses bring are all 110% worth it. This seems especially true for those of us who compete, which adds even more layers to the entire relationship.

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) Tamara with the Camera

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