The Idea of Order: If Equestrians Were 100% Honest on Social Media Posts…

About as likely as finding a flattering pair of white breeches.
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This is an oldie but worth the revisit.

A few years back some friends and I attended a sports psychology seminar geared towards riders. One of the topics discussed was that to truly make it as an equestrian you need to be in love with the process (as opposed to the outcome, like winning), because that’s really all you have control over. Also, having those successful moments generally means you have had a whole crapton of not so successful, less than awesome moments to get there. That’s just how it works. Becoming excellent takes a whole lot of mediocrity first.

What followed from that, for my friends and me anyway, was the humor in most Facebook posts; everyone posts their highlight reel. While that’s understandable, it can make the outtake reel that you’re living (i.e. your real life) feel somehow less than awesome. This comic was the result of imagining what it would be like if we all posted some of those outtakes as well.  😆😅

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