The Idea of Order: Winter Riding…

Your springboard into the Spanish Riding School…

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In unfortunate news, Winter is still hanging around for most of you.

In slightly better news, we are still in the no manโ€™s land between Christmas and New Year’s so no one is really expecting much from us. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜… Feel free to stay buried under 14 blankets with your *adult hot chocolate.

If you are masochistic enough to venture out and try to ride, make good life choices (Iโ€™m looking at you all over in the UK who, from my lurking on the sh*teeventers page, apparently donโ€™t know what lunging is.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ). I say this with love of course.

Morgane Schmidt is, among many things, an equestrian who still hasnโ€™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