The Idea of Order: How Many Horses Can You Fit Into a 20 by 60 Meter Ring?

It depends how high you stack them….

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And how feral they are.😳

And how brave/unhinged their riders are.

Although it may be worth noting that “can” and “should” are not interchangeable.😂

Though I recognize that the warm-up ring is a necessary evil at horse shows, I still don’t understand why so many people riding in it are either feckless or believe they OWN the ring.

Seriously, I don’t care how $$$$$$ your horse is or what level you’re riding, it doesn’t give you the right to throw common courtesy out the window.

Also, I get that there are green horses (I have one!), but let’s all just agree not to take the screaming harpy on a string into the warm-up ring with 47 other horses when you have other options.🐉

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