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!

Frightened Horse Refuses to Leave Burning Barn

August 1st, 2020|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

July 23, 2020; Bucks County, PA (USA): Two police officers risked their lives to save a frightened horse from a burning barn. When officers Matthew Reiss and Kristian Hanus arrived on scene, the roof of the barn was engulfed in flame. Friends and family members had already removed 14 horses from the barn but 22 year-old [...]

Her Horse Fell Out of the Trailer at 65 MPH

June 26th, 2020|Categories: Features, Interviews, People|Tags: , , |

“I would trade places with her had someone told me what would happen that day.” April Stark knows a thing or two about horses having been around them most of her life. She’s passed her love of horses on to her daughters and coaches their 4H equestrian drill team. April has a particular passion for [...]

WARHorses Quiz

June 21st, 2020|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , |

Venus of Berekhat Ram Man has been creating art since prehistoric times. It has been our steadfast means of expression and documentation of human history. The oldest examples date from 230 to 700,000 BC; the Bhimbetka and Daraki-Chattan cupolas discovered in Central India and the Venus of Berekhat Ram discovered on the Golan [...]

Police Welcome Foal

June 18th, 2020|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

June 14, 2020, Wickford/Essex county (UK): On morning patrol two officers of the Essex Police Basildon Community Policing Team, PCSO Grant and PCSO Edwards, discovered a distressed horse in a pasture. Upon closer investigation they realized she was actually giving birth. The officer’s stood by ready to help. The mare gave birth to a healthy boy [...]

Greece Wants Its Bronze Horse Returned

June 12th, 2020|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

June 9, 2020, U.S. Court Ruling The United States courts have settled a dispute between Greece and Sotheby’s Auction House over ownership of an ancient bronze horse. Tuesday’s ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recognized countries’ right for the repatriation of antiquities. The horse in question is an 8th century bronze statue [...]

Valor Loses Her Battle

May 26th, 2020|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Valor was was one approximately 100 feral horses living along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF) which manages the horses, received a call last week that one of the horses had been standing in the same spot for a day. Loading Valor into the trailer she she can be examined by [...]

The Enduring Equestrian Engravings of Albrecht Durer

May 21st, 2020|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , |

Unless you’ve studied a bit of art history you’ve probably never heard of him but he was a successful artist during his lifetime who continues to make an impression half a millennial after his death. Albrecht Durer was a German artist of the late 15th, early 16th centuries. Through his paintings and prints, Durer became a [...]

Chicago’s Clippity Clop is About to Stop

May 20th, 2020|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

April 24, 2020 Chicago, Illinois (USA): The Chicago City Council voted to stop issuing licenses for horse-drawn carriages in 2021. The new ordinance that goes into effect Jan 1, 2021 will not allow carriage operators to renew their licenses and the city will not issue new ones. The debate over horse drawn carriages has waged for [...]

Horse News in a Nutshell

May 13th, 2020|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

There have been so many recent news posts about horses, we decided to compile them into a single post. The following WARHorses NEWS BITS range from early to mid May 2020. May 6 Horse Falls in Pool Chester County, Pennsylvania (USA): A 16-year-old mare named Saphia wandered out of the barn and fell into a [...]

Best Horse Race Ever?

May 3rd, 2020|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Yesterday, May 2nd was the original date for this year’s Kentucky Derby but the race has been moved to September due to coronavirus. The Derby’s postponement did not however stop Churchill Downs from holding a horse race yesterday - perhaps even the best horse race ever? The “Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown” was a computer-generated virtual [...]