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!

Proof That Age Is Just A Number – 66yo Rides the Mongol Derby, Part Three

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome to Part 3 of Julia Fisher’s 2017 Mongol Derby race adventure, a 4 part series Julia has penned exclusively for WARHorses. You may wish to read Part 1 and Part 2 before proceeding. Julia has cross trained for a year, lost 50 pounds, put up the rather hefty entry fee and travelled half way [...]

Space for Improved Training

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

If my horse, Corazon, wore a Fitbit, or other daily activity tracker that have become popular devices for people aiming to more active lifestyles, I imagine this is how it might read: 200 steps chasing neighbor’s black cat around pasture; 50 prances along perimeter fence next to a mule deer; 150 relaxed ambles moving from one [...]

Mini’s Instincts Saved Her Life

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Any disaster is terrifying. There is seldom time to consider options, decisions must often be made in the moment. Those decisions often mean the difference between life and death. Her instinct to seek higher ground certainly saved her life. Leaf, a 9-year-old miniature mare was found on a roof Monday in western Japan. Days of torrential [...]

July 2018 Caption Contest

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Caption Contest, Contests, Survey|Tags: |

Congratulations Caption Contest Winner Marilee Ramsell Marilee won a Proud to Be a WARHorse Lapel Pin!

Proof That Age Is Just A Number – 66yo Rides the Mongol Derby, Part Two

July 10th, 2018|Categories: Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome to Part Two of Julia Fisher’s 2017 ride in the Mongol Derby. If you missed Part One, you’ll want to read that first – CLICK HERE. Julia has registered for the ride - 10 days to ride 1000 km across the Mongolian steppe. How in the world do you prepare for “the world’s most [...]

Proof That Age Is Just A Number – 66yo Rides the Mongol Derby, Part One

July 8th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , |

We WARHorses know that our age is just a number and not a milestone that determines our ability to ride, drive and enjoy horses – right? Before we introduce our guest writer, lets consider a few numbers - for sake of perspective. 9 YEARS EXPERIENCE RIDING 66 YEARS OLD 10 DAYS TO FINISH 1000 KM [...]

WARHorses’ Interview with Jane Heart Jewelry

July 7th, 2018|Categories: Features, Interviews|Tags: , |

She did not intend to start a business, she simply couldn’t find a horse head belt buckle she liked, so she decided to design her own. Now, 24 years later, Jane Heart has become one of the most well-known equestrian jewelry designers. WARHorses is thrilled to partner with Jane Heart Jewelry offering her exquisite designs [...]

Little America: Big Impact

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Breeds, Features, Interviews|Tags: , |

There’s no denying that WARHorses love their horses, mules and donkeys.  Some of us grew up with horses then stepped away to raise families and enjoy careers. Some of us never had a horse but finally found a way in our later years. A few of us have been lucky enough to have horses throughout our [...]

Don’t Try This Technique Today!

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

He Stops a Runaway Team and Thereby Saves Many Lives. CHICAGO, IL May: Officer Ted Richards is one of the policemen in gray clothes who ride up and down Michigan Avenue. He was on duty yesterday morning when an immense crowd gathered in front of the Leland Hotel to see the bicycle racers start down the [...]

WARHorses’ Video Favs – Gettin’ It Done At Any Age

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Favorite Videos, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

One of the most common questions we WARHorses ask of ourselves is whether we are too old to ride. The answer is complicated, there is no line in the stand that mandates an age where we must stop. The truth is, riding does become more difficult as we age, mentally and physically. But this is where [...]