The Idea of Order: Technical Term?

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This week’s comic is likely more amusing to me and a small handful who rode with the same trainer I did as a teen (you know, back when I was still deluding myself that I was brave enough to be an eventer).

During one glorious group lesson– where ponies were dumping kids into the shrubbery right and left– my sister’s pony decided he was done for the day and started sucking back ever so casually before ducking a shoulder and sliding into the base of whatever he was pointed at.

In what I can only assume was a moment of frustration, our trainer at the time yelled as they approached the next fence (and said rotten beast started his reining horse impression) “Kill him!” And then, when he subsequently still slammed on the brakes after much kicking of small legs, “KILL HIM HARDER!” Apparently our trainer must have found my sister’s murderous effort to be lacking.

In any event, this glorious phrase, naturally, became the go-to any time a quadruped started snarking. 😉

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