The Idea of Order: Things You’d Rather NOT Hear From Your Vet…

I could actually write a book of these…

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I think if you’ve been in horses longer than a minute, you’ve had your fair share of less than fun conversations with your vet (no offense to my vets; they’re LOVELY people, I just usually get to see them when things have gone off the rails).🫣😅
You might think the most upsetting things would involve horrendous maiming or death, but I think the reality is that the unknown ambiguity can be far more terrifying (and expensive).
While it’s never amusing when your horse is hurt, you have to admit there’s a bit of humor in the terror certain seemingly innocuous phrases can induce in us. Anyone care to share their own? 🫣😅

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.