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!

WARHorses Book Review – “Ephemeral”

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Features, Product Reviews, Products|Tags: |

Ephemeral By Andie Andrews Copyright 2017, Andie Andrews Published by Flying Chestnut Press ISBN: 0692936629 Ephemeral is “one part romance novel, one part literary fiction, one part love-affair-with-horses,” told from the viewpoint of a former rodeo horse. Set in New Jersey’s toney horse country, the novel revolves around 40-something Clarissa Stamos, a romance writer in [...]

Katherine Jansen of Shepherd’s Knoll Farm

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Business Directory|Tags: , , |

Life Coach - Author - Shepherd Helping Women Navigate Life’s Challenges Katherine Jansen is a certified life coach, a children’s inspirational book author, a devoted mother, and a self-proclaimed “sheep midwife.” For two decades she has counseled and coached women all over the world, in many settings, and now loves serving clients on her relaxed, [...]

Why I’m So Thankful for This Ugly, Old Sweatshirt

November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community, Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: |

By Melanie Eberhardt I still don’t know why she gave me this sweatshirt. I’d seen her wear it a number of times but don’t recall ever making a comment about it. We had spent the afternoon in front of her wood burning stove watching old black and white movies and sipping hot tea with honey. It [...]

Broccoli Silk Soup to Chase Away the Cold Weather Chills

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Community, Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

I’m so happy we’re officially in Soup Season. Don’t you love soup? And its heartier bro, stew? I got this recipe a few months ago from a friend. Then I promptly lost the little post-it note I wrote it down on, but that’s OK because it’s so simple to make and with just four ingredients really [...]

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 [...]