The Idea of Order: Just What I Always Wanted

We’ve all received well-meaning but completely ridiculous horse-themed gifts from the non-horsey people in our lives — the subject of Morgane Schmidt’s latest illustration.

Morgane explains, “So as it turns out there are many strange horse-themed items on the market these days. Occasionally a hapless friend, knowing how much my life revolves around horses but nothing about the details of such, will purchase one of these amusing items because it has a horse (and therefore I will LOVE it). I have to give them credit for trying (especially since giving someone anything at all is generous), though sometimes I have to wonder what they were thinking.”

Take it away, Morgane!


Go Riding.

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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