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!

6 Truths About Owning Mules

October 4th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Written by Maria Wachter, Contributor HorseNation.com Mules: 50% horse, 50% donkey, 150% themselves Mules are a lot like horses: after all their momma (or daddy, if you have a hinny) was one. They also are a lot different from horses. They are all unique and have their own personalities but there are a few things that [...]

Grandfather Delivers Promise on Horseback

October 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Hans Watzl, 62, fulfilled a big promise to his grandchildren this week – to pick them up from school on horseback. Certainly, a promise requiring careful planning but in this case complicated more when distance is factored. Watzl lives in a village near Nuremberg, Germany but his grandchildren attend school in Münster - 350 miles away [...]

Herd Dynamics Heard Loud & Clear

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Alice MacGillivray, PhD, is author of “Riding Horseback in Purple” written for “women of age” who maybe considering horse ownership – first timers and re-riders alike.  Alice guides readers through scenarios that help dissect the reality of horse ownership from our childhood fantasies. An expert in adult learning, Alice explores ways we connect with horses as [...]

September Caption Contest

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Caption Contest|Tags: |

Congratulations Caption Contest Winner Anne Mette Holm Halvorsen! Anne won a 3-pack of our Proud to be a WARHorse decals! Thank you RideBoldly.com for sponsoring our contest! Ride Boldly creates custom, quality riding tights in fun, flattering styles to suit your flair. Join the Fun! Ride Boldly!

Hands Down the Toughest Frontier WARHorse That Ever Was – Stagecoach Mary

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

I must admit that once in a while I indulge in a pity party for myself. Oh my god, I have to wait 3 minutes for my lunch to heat in the microwave? You only have soft serve ice cream – what? No sorbet? The paraffin hot waxer is broken would I like a hot oil [...]

Finders No Keepers

September 14th, 2017|Categories: History's Horses|Tags: |

SEP 22, 1911, BOWBELLS, ND: Taken up at my place last week, seven miles north and four miles east of Bowbells, one old brown horse with halter on and lump on front right knee, also a bay yearling colt, small star on face. Owner can have same by calling at my place, paying damages, advertising [...]

Australia’s 2017 Racing Hall of Fame Inductee – Archer

September 13th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Australia’s Racing Hall of Fame is an exclusive club indeed. Established in 2000 as part of Australia’s Racing Museum, the Hall of Fame has inducted only 62 accomplished thoroughbreds to date. In 2017 four more remarkable horses were welcome to this distinguished guild. Our first 2017 AHF inductee won the first and second Melbourne Cups, [...]

They Survived Harvey but Texas Horses Still Need Help

September 7th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

While Florida and the U.S. east coast prepare for Hurricane Irma, folks in Texas (and Louisiana) are cleaning up from Harvey. Two weeks following Harvey’s August 25 landfall, many horses that survived the hurricane still need help, a lot of help, from temporary rehoming to veterinary care. Hundreds of rescue groups and volunteers have descended on [...]

Horse Owners Evacuating Florida Are Welcome in Georgia

September 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma is the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded and she is bearing down on the Caribbean and U.S. mainland. If that sentence does not prompt concern (scare the bejeezus out of you) consider these facts compiled by CNN; Irma’s tropical form winds cover a 65,000 square miles – [...]

Please, Please, Please

September 5th, 2017|Categories: Dear Appy, Features|Tags: , |

Dear Appy, I have a boss mare. She is a tiny thing who rules the other horses with an iron fist. She's always great with me, good ground manners, obliging for grooming, loves a bath and enjoys trail riding. I've had her since she was a yearling and she's in her 30's now. I have one [...]