The Idea of Order: Embrace the Suck…

Because it’s not really optional.
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‘The Suck’ is actually an integral part of training after all. 🤔😂 Training horses is a truly rewarding endeavor…except, of course, when it’s not… but those sucky moments are all part of the challenge that helps us grow both as people and equestrians, so I suppose we should embrace them (or at least resign ourselves to the reality of them 😉 ).

This week’s comic was inspired by the gloriously funny, and exceedingly knowledgeable Lauren Sprieser, who knows many, many things (including how to embrace said suck).


Morgane Schmidt is, among many things, an equestrian who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. Author of Life with Horses Is Never Orderly, she knows all about the madness that comes with the equine territory, having owned and competed horses in eventing and dressage for years. A lifelong fan of the classic equestrian cartoons penned by internationally renowned artist Norman Thelwell, she began her own comic series in 2011, sharing deftly funny reflections on life with horses on Horse Nation as well as her personal website. A native Floridian, she spent a decade in Reno, NV, where she was able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless (she has since regained her sense and moved back to the Florida swamp). Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She has completed 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 11-year-old Dutch gelding, and Milona DG, a 5 year old KWPN chestnut mare (you can make your own inferences there…). Visit her website at