The Idea of Order: New Barn Help…

Mares vs Geldings: because one of these is far judgier than the other.

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Greetings, fellow Small Predators!
The weather in Florida this week is choosing violence, but since tornadoes don’t generally mean snow, I’m still doing just fine. 😅🫣
This week’s comic highlights another charming difference between mares and geldings (or at least *my* mare). While they both adore any and all offerings, one is a wee bit more judgey about the whole thing than the other. 🤔🤣
And here’s a hint, it’s not the one with big, bay energy.

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.