We often see what we look for.
Horses teach us many, many things — for example, nothing is *actually* ‘indestructible’ and that hay can permeate 38 layers of clothing and end up in your bra. 😅🤦 #facts
I think one of the most significant though, is that much of life is about perspective. You can choose to be annoyed that your horse was a turdball and took out half the arena railing before chasing the judge and scribe out of the judge’s box, OR you can choose to be impressed by his sheer athletic ability and what a nice tail he has as you watch him from behind, sitting in the super soft GGT footing. 🤷♀️😂 *Whichever you focus on, copious adult beverages and snarking with friends afterwards are warranted.*
In all seriousness, we see what we look for. Even if it’s hard, look for the good things (and sometimes, they really are as small as admiring a really awesome tail). 😂
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 www.theideaoforder.com.