The Idea of Order: The Horse ‘Phase’…

I don’t think that word means what you think it means…

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The older I get, the more obvious it is to me that horses really are a lifestyle — a harrowing, manure slathering, demanding, all-consuming, rewarding, devastating, enriching, wonderful lifestyle. 🫣😂
I guess it’s officially safe to say that I just never grew out of my “obsessed with horses” phase. I still go on vacation and have the overwhelming urge to go see any and all horses I may stumble upon. The uninitiated may shake their heads, but I feel like most of you probably understand….right?…is anyone else still eight at heart and in drawn to meeting every horse you happen upon?🫣

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.