The Idea of Order: Ask Dr. B

This week’s letter to Dr. B, from “No Brakes in Nebraska,” addresses the universally perplexing equine experience known as “Firstshow.” As translated by Morgane Schmidt.

Morgane writes, “This week’s comic is a Guest Comic of sorts, written by my trainer, USDF Gold medalist and Sports Psychologist, Seana Adamson. If anyone’s equine partner would like to ask any questions of Dr. B, please visit Seana’s webpage at and she will be sure to pass them along. Feel free to visit her page for you own sports psychology needs too!”


Morgane Schmidt is a 29-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. This year she was able to complete her USDF bronze medal and is now pursuing her silver. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a gawky three 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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