About Melanie

I am the founder of WARHorses. If you met me when I was very young, you would have found me crawling on the floor on my hands and knees, whinnying and prancing, pretending to be a horse. I begged for a horse but my parents held firm convinced that I would forget horses as soon as I was old enough to drive, work and date. That didn’t happen. After college, the first thing I bought was a Ford Mustang. The second thing was an Arabian filly. The Mustang is long gone, but 31 years later, that Arabian filly, um mare, is still eating grass in my pasture. Surely a horse must be my spirit animal. My heart melts every time one of my horses looks directly in my eye making that timeless, non-verbal conversation with silly human me. I am convinced that horses run through my veins racing alongside red and white blood cells. I wonder how many of you feel exactly the same way? Welcome to WARHorses!

Today is National Lollipop Day

July 20th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

July 20 is National Lollipop Day in the U.S., an annual observation of this popular treat sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.  Why are we writing about candy on WARHorses? Bradley Smith Co., New Haven, CT.Photo Courtesy: New Haven Museum and Historical Society On October 13, 1931, the name “Lolly Pop” was official registered [...]

Getting to Know You

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Dear Appy, Features|Tags: |

Dear Appy:  I got in a lot of hot water recently when I smarted off to my new person. You know that feeling you get from standing in one place for too long? Well, I tried to quietly tell her I was cranky and sore after an eight hour ride to my new home, not [...]

Horse Seller and Buyer’s Taxing Texts

July 19th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Personally I have no experience selling horses, apparently my pasture only accepts “incoming” equines. I understand from horse selling friends that the process can be quite taxing - the most common contention being “the human factor”. British eventer, Will Murray, seems to have ample experience with speculative buyers and recently penning this fictitious text thread via [...]

Researchers Use Horses in Genetic Breakthrough

July 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Edward Muybridge made history in 1878 his photographic studies in motion. He assembled a series of still shots then transferred the images to a disk. The disk was spun animating the stills to produce motion. One of his early animations was the mare, Annie G, trotting and galloping. It is one of the sequences that settled [...]

“Exciting Runaway”

July 17th, 2017|Categories: History's Horses|Tags: |

Down Eutaw Place to Dolphin Street--Two Men Injured. Mr. John W. Horner, 2034 Eutaw Place, was thrown down and run over yesterday by a runaway horse attached to a buggy. His left shoulder was dislocated and his left side and leg were bruised. The horse, which was owned by Mr. Edward J. Mabbett, was standing at [...]

Congress Just Took One Step in the Wrong Direction

July 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

The return of horse slaughter plants in the U.S. moved closer to fruition in yesterday’s committee vote. The Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday (July 12, 2017) to reopen horse slaughter plants in the United States. The committee’s vote removes the Amendment that blocks funding for Agricultural inspectors at horse slaughter [...]

One Man’s Ambition to Change TB Racing in Britain

July 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

It is the brainchild of Mehmet Kurt, a Turkish businessman with a passion for thoroughbred racing. The Kurtsystem aims to revolutionize training methods eliminating breakdowns caused by human error and to help young horses develop stronger joints, bones and muscles for their racing careers. Kurt was inspired to find a better way to train young thoroughbreds [...]

Wildfire Safety DON’T for Horses

July 11th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Preparing for evacuation from the wildfires near Williams Lake, British Columbia (CAN), Cindy Roddick asked her 15-year-old son Jacob to spray paint their phone number on the family’s two horses. “What the hell happened to my horse?” she asked on inspecting her son’s work. It seems Jacob misunderstood his instructions. "I thought she told me to [...]

Deadly Hendra virus Confirmed (AUS)

July 11th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

An unvaccinated, 11-year-old gelding was euthanized in Queensland, NSW, on July 9 the first case of Hendra virus (HeV) this year. The Hendra virus is unique to Queensland or northern NSW. It was discovered in 1994 at a racing stable in the suburb of Hendra, Brisbane after a horse trainer and 14 of his horses died. [...]

Celebrating Ruffian

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

“As God is my judge, she might be better than Secretariat…” (Lucien Laurin, Secretariat’s trainer, quoted in the Blood Horse’s Thoroughbred Legends: Ruffian) She was born April 17, 1972 at Clairborne Farm, Kentucky, owned and bred by the Janney family of Maryland. Born into a royal bloodline her dam, Shenanigans, was the daughter of Native [...]