The Idea of Order: Non Equestrian Friends…

Why bother…

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Equestrians are a unique breed. We spend insane amounts of time, money, and energy making sure that 1000lbs+ flight animals don’t kill themselves all so we can ride them around and dote on them. If you’re not part of the indoctrinated, it seems pretty ludicrous.

I get it. And I also get that many of my non-equestrian friends don’t understand what it is we actually do when riding.

Nevertheless, the next schmuck who feels the need to tell me riding isn’t a sport is getting put on the youngest, most rank beast I can find and sent out for a likely-less-than-eight-second-spin. 🤯😂

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