The Idea of Order: Keeping Your Priorities Straight

A good horseman knows that the horse always comes first.

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In honor of the many ways and times my horses have tried to kill themselves this week and the many vets, farriers, and chiropractors I’ve seen as a result, here’s a little throwback to an earlier IOO Comic. Horse people really are a special sort of crazy. I’m still surprised I ever snagged The Husband given this premise. Good thing he’s really accepting of my fuzzy logic and such.


Go Riding!  After tending to your horse’s ever need first.

Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 31-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 gawky 4-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 by Tamara Torti

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