The Idea of Order: Proprioception is a Liar

Seriously. Your body is not doing what you think it’s doing…

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Oh, if only things reliably felt as they are…
As an instructor I’ve often seen this fun play out, but just as much so as a rider. For me, often the case is that I am *absolutely certain* that I am properly aligned to the right when I am, rather unfortunately, not. 🙁
I was initially incredulous when my instructor hinted that perhaps I was STILL.NOT.TURNING because I most certainly FELT like I was. But of course I eventually realized the truth, and then the even bigger truth that things don’t always feel as they are. 🤔🤣  Lame.

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 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

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