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!

Hands Down the Toughest Frontier WARHorse That Ever Was – Stagecoach Mary

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

I must admit that once in a while I indulge in a pity party for myself. Oh my god, I have to wait 3 minutes for my lunch to heat in the microwave? You only have soft serve ice cream – what? No sorbet? The paraffin hot waxer is broken would I like a hot oil [...]

Finders No Keepers

September 14th, 2017|Categories: History's Horses|Tags: |

SEP 22, 1911, BOWBELLS, ND: Taken up at my place last week, seven miles north and four miles east of Bowbells, one old brown horse with halter on and lump on front right knee, also a bay yearling colt, small star on face. Owner can have same by calling at my place, paying damages, advertising [...]

Australia’s 2017 Racing Hall of Fame Inductee – Archer

September 13th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Australia’s Racing Hall of Fame is an exclusive club indeed. Established in 2000 as part of Australia’s Racing Museum, the Hall of Fame has inducted only 62 accomplished thoroughbreds to date. In 2017 four more remarkable horses were welcome to this distinguished guild. Our first 2017 AHF inductee won the first and second Melbourne Cups, [...]

They Survived Harvey but Texas Horses Still Need Help

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

While Florida and the U.S. east coast prepare for Hurricane Irma, folks in Texas (and Louisiana) are cleaning up from Harvey. Two weeks following Harvey’s August 25 landfall, many horses that survived the hurricane still need help, a lot of help, from temporary rehoming to veterinary care. Hundreds of rescue groups and volunteers have descended on [...]

Horse Owners Evacuating Florida Are Welcome in Georgia

September 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma is the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded and she is bearing down on the Caribbean and U.S. mainland. If that sentence does not prompt concern (scare the bejeezus out of you) consider these facts compiled by CNN; Irma’s tropical form winds cover a 65,000 square miles – [...]

Please, Please, Please

September 5th, 2017|Categories: Dear Appy, Features|Tags: , |

Dear Appy, I have a boss mare. She is a tiny thing who rules the other horses with an iron fist. She's always great with me, good ground manners, obliging for grooming, loves a bath and enjoys trail riding. I've had her since she was a yearling and she's in her 30's now. I have one [...]

Ways You Can Help – Hurricane Harvey

August 31st, 2017|Categories: Features|

Many of you have asked how you can help our horse friends in Texas and Louisianna. Listed below are several options with direct links to donation pages. Thank you in advance for any amount you are able to give. Houston SPCA: These are the amazing, seemingly tireless folks knee deep in water 24/7 rescuing and caring [...]

Hurricane Harvey Dumps On Houston’s Horses

August 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night near Houston, Texas. The Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph dumped up to 30” of rain on Houston, the 4th largest U.S. city with 2.3 million people. Downgraded today to a tropical storm, Harvey is headed back into the gulf where it will regain strength and make a [...]

Jessie Wilson Hurt, Thrown by Horse

August 28th, 2017|Categories: History's Horses|Tags: |

WARHorses’ series “History’s Horses” takes a Presidential tone today with this vintage news report of an afternoon hack gone wrong. President's Daughter Found Unconscious by Roadside - Fiance Had Ridden Ahead. Jessie Wilson Sayre Aug 27, 1913, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Miss Jessie Woodrow Wilson, the second daughter of President Wilson, and her fiance, [...]

Klimke Clinches Gold

August 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Ingrid Klimke receives her Individual Gold medal. Photo Courtesy equipe-foto.de Ingrid Klimke, 49, won her first individual gold medal at the FEI European Eventing Championship in Poland this week. Ingrid competed with her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Horseware Hale Bob OLD, aka “Bobbie”. In addition to the individual gold medal, Ingrid won silver as [...]