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!

There’s No Turning Back – Genetically Engineered Horses are Here

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

No longer the hyperbolic motto of science fiction, technology has achieved the means to make horses faster, stronger, better. Microscopic proteins target a section of DNA, then cut the strands Cloning experts at Kheiron Biotech in Buenos Aires, Argentina are focused on manipulating the DNA gene sequence that controls the growth of muscles. The [...]

The Southeastern Schooling Show Championship: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

By Martha A. Woodham According to organizer Penny Morse, the inaugural Southeastern Schooling Show Championship at Georgia’s Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, started with a thought that became an idea that grew into an event. “It was one of those fleeting moment ideas, that usually leaves just as fast, and five minutes later you cannot remember [...]

Video Tips from Jec Ballou

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Each month, Jec Ballou provides WARHorses with simple, fun advice and exercises to developed improved performance and riding enjoyment with our horses. Between posts, Jec will share video tips, exercises that show us exactly how to best perform a specific movement. Today we feature two videos from Jec’s book “101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse and [...]

Pope Comforts Fallen Mounted Policewoman

January 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

During a visit yesterday to Iquique, Chile, Pope Francis ordered his popemobile to stop after a mounted Chilean policewoman, Ana Belen Aguilera Casas, was thrown off her horse. The horse spooked, frightened by the crowd’s screams as the popemobile passed. Francis stood by the fallen officer, speaking with her, until an ambulance arrived. She was taken [...]

Ben’s Cat Keeps Winning Posthumously

January 18th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The Secretariat’s Vox Populi Award, recognizes a Thoroughbred that has achieved both an impressive racing record but is also popular with the public. Created in 2010 by Secretariat’s late owner, Penny Chenery, the annual “Voice of the People” award honors horses whose stories draw people to Thoroughbred racing. The 2017 Secretariat Vox Populi Award recipient is [...]

Boston’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919

January 15th, 2018|Categories: Features, Management|Tags: , |

On January 15, 1919, a massive tidal wave obliterated Boston’s North End. The deadly wave was not a tsunami wrought from the Atlantic but rather 2.3 million gallons of molasses dumped on the streets when a storage tank ruptured. The molasses tank before it ruptured in 1919 The molasses was stored in a large [...]

January 2018 Caption Contest

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Caption Contest, Contests, Fun, Survey|Tags: |

Congratulations Caption Contest Winner Jacquie Thomson Deborah won a 3 "Proud to be a WARHorse" Lapel Pins

WARHorses’ Favorite Horses of Sand and Water

January 10th, 2018|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Part of their appeal maybe their lack of permanence. They are not to behold for centuries like the equestrian sculptures of da Vinci or Remington, they are fickle to time. They will soon melt in the sun or wash away in the tide, erased forever by nature. Their pending demise seems to add to their allure, [...]

Take WARHorses’ DRIVING QUIZ!

January 10th, 2018|Categories: Contests, Fun|Tags: , , |

More quizzes and contests? You asked for it and you are going to get it. In 2018, WARHorses will challenging your equestrian knowledge with more fun quizzes and contests. In our recent WARHorses poll, we learned that about 7% of WARHorses drive.  We invite you to take our first challenge about driving. Don’t worry, no license [...]

Court Forces Closure – Carriage Horses Retired

January 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

In December, Philadelphia, PA, courts ordered the closing of the Philadelphia Carriage Company. The order was determined after inspection of the facility and documentation of poor living conditions being provided for their 8 carriage horses. As of January 1, the company ceased operations under a consent decree with the city. This week the former city horses [...]