The Idea of Order: Braiding as Character Building

Just kidding. It’s mostly a required exercise in futility.

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Happy Hump Day, Fellow Small Predators!
May your next two days before the glorious weekend behave like trained horses instead of feral shetlands.
This week’s comic highlights one of the 900 character building activities horses foist upon us: Braiding!
Have I mentioned that I’m not so much a fan of braiding? Once or twice maybe? It’s really too bad I’m neurotic about it and cheap, which forces me to do my own horses and most of my clients’.
I especially love the morning after when I’m fixing the braids that my equine darlings spent all night dedicated to rubbing out. 🤨 Thankfully these days I do mostly dressage braids, which are much quicker and less arthritis-inducing than putting in 40 some hunter braids. 🫣😅


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