The Idea of Order: ‘Tis but a Flesh Wound…

Bleeding is a minor detail.

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… Says the person who spent her morning getting a tetanus shot (I skipped stitches because who wants to sit in the ER for 6+ hours AND not get to ride!?).🤔😂😳

Generally speaking, equestrians are some of the most determined, resourceful, stubborn, tough, strong, stubborn, persistent, and did I say stubborn(??) people imaginable. We may skip parties, graduation ceremonies, vacations, and even be late for our own weddings, but come hell or high water, nothing short of death is going to keep us out of the saddle. 😉 (Even if perhaps we should…)🤔

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 12-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