The Idea of Order: Poor Life Decisions…

I like to think of them as just opportunities to build character.

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Some days I’m fairly certain that owning horses is a very *poor* life decision地t least in the sense that they deplete my bank account.
But we all know we couldn’t have it any other way.

Of course I suppose that *sometimes* we do need someone to call us out on our shenanigans (like when I threatened to bring home the baby zebra at the hay store…); obviously though, we rarely appreciate it at the time… (Zeus would have made a GREAT next Grand Prix mount. ).


Morgane Schmidt is, among many things, an equestrian who still hasnt 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 14-year-old Dutch gelding, and Milona DG, a 7 year old KWPN chestnut mare (you can make your own inferences there…). Visit her website at www.theideaoforder.com.

Milona DG and I. Photo (c) Q2 Photography.