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!

Vote Now for This Year’s Secretariat Vox Populi Winner

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

The Secretariat Vox Populi award, established in 2010 by Penny Chenery (Secretariat’s owner), recognizes the racehorse whose accomplishments have captivated the public’s attention. The winner is chosen by you, everyone may vote through an online poll. “Horse racing already has established avenues to award outstanding accomplishments, and we certainly should honor superior performance. But achievement can [...]

Meow! Society Column Slays the 1896 National Horse Show

November 17th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

A bit of context first. The "Horse Show" refers to the National Horse Show founded in 1883 by a group of wealthy, influential sportsmen. The reporter, Cholly Knickerbocker, is a pseudonym used by a series of society columnists writing for the New York American and New York Journal. The writer penning as Cholly is actually John [...]

Focus on This and Your Riding Will Improve

November 17th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

Often riders rely on physical/core strength to ride. Yet, is more muscle really what is needed to ride effortlessly? Or rather, is it the coordination of the right amount of muscle that brings fluid, effective riding? Muscle memory is a commonly used term, but an odd term because muscles have no memory – they just do [...]

A Disney Classic for Halloween

October 31st, 2018|Categories: Favorite Videos, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , |

In 1949, Walt Disney Productions released “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, an animated adaptation of the 1820 story by Washington Irving. The film was Disney’s 11th animated feature. Disney’s entire staff of core animators, known as “the 9 old men” worked on the film. The music was composed by Oliver Wallace who recorded himself whistling as [...]

To Blanket or Not To Blanket – That Is My Question

October 27th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, What are your thoughts on blanketing horses during cold weather? Does my horse need it? Signed, Don’t Know What To Do Dear Don’t Know What To Do, Aaand, that's how we know winter is coming. Humans have this ritual where they face off in teams to debate blankets vs no blankets. Let me [...]

His New Owners Turn to the Courts for Justice

October 27th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

In 2017, an 8-year-old quarter horse named Shadow was surrendered to a rescue group in Oregon. A veterinary exam revealed that the horse was emaciated, covered with lice and because his penis had prolapsed and was unable to retract, his genitals were badly frostbitten. His owner was taken to court and subsequently plead guilty to criminal [...]

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 [...]