The Idea of Order: Just Another Friday Night…

Spent developing various forms of arthritis and  covered in dust, horse hair, and other questionable substances.

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When I was a kid, and then on into high school and colleges, my dad made sure my sisters and I had plenty of horses, which subsequently meant he never had to look very far to find us most weekends.🤔
It occurred to me that doing that meant that he was able to avoid quite a few potential shenanigans with my sisters and I. 😅 It also solidifies my belief that horses and showing not only teach us a multitude of things related to responsibility, work ethic, passion, and life’s tumultuous bits, but they are also a great way to keep oneself out of trouble (I mean, who has TIME for any other sort of trouble when you have horse chaos to manage?).😂

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.