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!

One Dog’s Treasure Is, Well, It’s Actually Pretty Gross

February 21st, 2019|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, Why does my dog eat horse poop? Signed, Concerned Dog Mom Dear Concerned Dog Mom, Ew. Why do dogs do anything? Some of them eat their OWN poop (known as coprophagia for the uninitiated.) The human at my farm has a dog that eats walls. Figure that one out. But seriously, most humans with [...]

Swamp Cancer Dooms Seven Chincoteague Ponies

February 12th, 2019|Categories: Features, Science & History, Training|Tags: |

The name itself conjures horrific images that are not far off the mark. “Swamp Cancer” has made a deadly impression upon the 150 wild ponies of Chincoteague Island. Seven infected ponies were recently humanely euthanized; Shadow, Lightning, Calceti’n, Elusive Star, Essie, RainDancer and Lyra. Photo Credit: DVM Kenneth Marcella “Swamp Cancer” is not cancer [...]

A Romantic Look at a Simpler Way

February 10th, 2019|Categories: Favorite Videos, Fun, Management|Tags: , |

This beautiful short film “Horses and Solitude: Inside the Life of a Brazilian Gaucho” will make your heart soar. Equestrians seem drawn to a quiet life in the countryside where we are embraced by nature, a cool breeze and the warmth of the sun. There is something undeniably romantic about the modern day gaucho. Maybe because [...]

Balancing Motherhood and Career

February 10th, 2019|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management|Tags: , |

Perth, Western Australia (WA), 1907: The mare must not be heated when the foal is very young, as her milk when in that state is bad for the foal. Young calves will rub along nicely with two meals a day, given morning and evening, but the foal is a more frequent feeder, and the mare should [...]

“Feeling Your Oats”

February 9th, 2019|Categories: Fun, Horse Phrases, Management|Tags: |

Feeling one’s oats describes someone who is energized, enthusiastic even assertive. The phrase was originally used to describe a horse’s energetic behavior after being fed oats. The origins of the phrase are unknown but are found in English literature by the mid 1500’s. “That wilfull and vnruly age, which lacketh rypenes and discretion, and (as wee [...]

Wedgie of a Lifetime?

February 1st, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Winfield, IN (USA), Jan 30, 2019: Winfield, located south of Chicago, is like much of the Upper Midwest suffering through a record breaking polar vortex. At the time Ernest Belcher was going out to feed his horses Wednesday morning, the temperature hovered at -20 fahrenheit (-29 celsius). An undeniably unpleasant way to start one’s morning chores. [...]

Pet Portraits by Kathy Taylor Duke

January 31st, 2019|Categories: Business Directory|Tags: , |

Portrait Artist Kathy Taylor Duke specializes in life-like drawings and paintings that capture the personality of your beloved family pets or barnyard companions. Visit Kathy’s website to view her extensive gallery of commissioned portraits featuring all creatures great and small. Portraits are affordably priced and available in a number of mediums; water color, graphite, colored pencil, [...]

The Budweiser Clydesdales Return to the Super Bowl

January 29th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Game on! The Super Bowl game is this coming Sunday, February 3rd. This year’s event is in Atlanta at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Most years I don’t pay much attention to the game, its football after all and I’ve got stalls to clean. But this year it’s in my hometown, so I’m a bit more tuned [...]

Consider the Course Ahead

January 28th, 2019|Categories: Favorite Videos, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , |

One of WARHorses most popular videos featured a young competitor, her delightful horse and their quiet exchange in the competition arena. Following is our original Facebook post from September 2017. This past weekend I went with a friend to a local schooling show. A beautiful sunny day, dozens of kids milling about [...]

Horse Joins Sheriffs in Hot Pursuit

January 27th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Meet Shiloh, the 8-year-old quarter horse hero of the Volusia County Sheriff Department, Deland, Florida. On January 16th, Shiloh joined the sheriffs department as they pursued a fugitive. Deputies attempted to pull over a car with a broken tag light when the driver took off. A spike strip was used to disable his car but [...]