The Idea of Order: Show Clothes

Because nothing screams practical like wearing men’s formal wear while handling livestock in 90 degree weather….

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This week’s comic is for my fellow horse show enthusiasts. Seriously, whoever decided showing in what mostly amounts to men’s formal wear, and that wearing white breeches while handling livestock was a good idea, was clearly a masochist.
Unless you have a herd of grooms and a hermetically sealed bubble to shroud yourself in, you’d better just face the fact that before you ever enter the ring you’ll be covered in a fine coating of horsey grunge. 😅🧐🤔

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.