The Idea of Order: The Full Body Shake…

Just another way horses keep us on our toes (or, potentially, on the ground).

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Anyone else ever been sitting on their horse, minding their own business, when out of nowhere you find yourself in the middle of your own personal 7.8 earthquake?🤔😱
If not, let me just say it it can be mildly terrifying, particularly if you failed to check your girth at the start of the ride.😅
Although no image can truly capture the shock value of the first time this happens to you (especially if you’re over the age of 12 and not used to the shenanigans of a burly pony), this probably at least hints at it.

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.