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!

How Mindful We Are – NOT

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , |

It was possible, I thought, that such distractedness arose from some evolutionary necessity. But I could not figure out how such fractured focus would have served us in the wild. In any case, it never fails amazing me how often during a 20-meter circle we riders drift off purpose. It seems like a small, clear task [...]

Weaning Woes and Other Considerations of Youth

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

Perth, WA October 7, 1906: Horsebreeders are often at a loss to know exactly when to wean. It is a matter which circumstances alone should decide. From five to six months is generally about the weaning age. A very delicate foal or a backward youngster may run a little longer than that, but it is always [...]

U.S. Forest Service Roundup Offers Uncertain Future for Older Wild Horses

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

The first round up in 13 years will begin today, October 10, inside California’s Modoc National Forest. The wild horses of Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory have grown to more than 4000 individuals, well beyond the defined management level of 402 animals. The forest service plans to round up 1000 horses during October and put [...]

Don’t Look This Gift Horse in the Mouth

September 29th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

The Art Institute of Chicago will be trotting out a new sculpture on October 5. Gift Horse by German born and New York resident, artist Hans Haacke will reside outdoors on the Art Institute’s third-floor Bluhm Family Terrace above the Modern Wing through July 14, 2019. The 4000 lb. bronze sculpture is a 15 foot tall [...]

Jane Heart Jewelry Designs for Brooke USA

September 28th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

New pendant designs by Jane Heart Jewelry will benefit Brooke USA. We are thrilled to offer these new designs, as well as Jane's other equestrian jewelry, through WARHorses own SHOP. PRESS RELEASE Brooke USA, September 2018: Brooke USA, sister charity of Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, is pleased to announce a cause-related [...]

Hurricane Florence Bearing Down on the Carolinas

September 11th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Hurricane Florence will be the strongest storm to hit the Carolinas in decades. It is expected to come ashore a strong Category 4, possibly 5, on Thursday. Hurricane force winds will extend inland to central North Carolina and Virginia causing massive damage. Forecasters expect the storm to then [...]

How to Watch the World Equestrian Games

September 11th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

The World Equestrian Games (WEG) begin today, hosted by the Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, North Carolina.  800 athletes and horses representing 71 countries will be competing in eight disciplines including; endurance, reining, dressage, vaulting, para-dressage, jumping, driving and eventing. WEG is held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle. World champions [...]

Ride and Breathe at the Same Time

September 11th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , , , |

There are many reasons for the breath to be free while riding. One is that you stay connected to your parasympathic nervous system – that is where calm lives – so not only will you stay in a good place emotionally, but your horse will sense this and stay calm too. Another is that breathing keeps [...]

President’s Equestrian Portrait Headlines the News

September 8th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

New York, September 18, 1790. The President’s Portrait, Is finifhed by Trumbull - and a fine thing it is; defigned and executed in his fuperior ftyle of excellence. it is a full length, in his uniform of blue and bugs - boots and fpurs - head uncovered, - moft nobly relieved, in contract with a luminous [...]

This WARHorses’ Childhood Dream Comes True

September 7th, 2018|Categories: Community, Events, Features|Tags: , , , , |

From the time she was 11, Angela Wood dreamed of riding a horse across America. Over the next few decades, life offered its distractions but the dream was always in the back of her mind. A few weeks ago, Angela’s dream finally came true. At age 50, Angela set out on a 2-year nationwide trek, driving [...]