The Idea of Order: Equestrian Priorities

Relax, it’s ON THE LIST! (Just somewhere near the bottom…)

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I think perhaps we can all agree that equestrians are a special breed. We are often hardworking, dedicated, tenacious, and perhaps even a little bit irrationally stubborn (I say that with nothing but love). 🫣😅
We also tend to have a somewhat unique way of prioritizing things. For instance, my barn aisle will likely *never* look like a hurricane went through it (EVEN if one has!), but my kitchen is a different story. 🫣 My horses have had more bodywork in the last week than I have in the last decade. And I am fairly certain that things like cleaning gutters and mopping floors are an exercise in futility, but cleaning stalls five times a day is just what civilized people do.
That being said, I have created this handy dandy list of equestrian priorities as a cheat sheet for the uninitiated. I am sure it will be appreciated.


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 6 year old KWPN chestnut mare (you can make your own inferences there…). Visit her website at