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!

Horses are No Fan of This Actor

April 27th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features|Tags: , |

Actor, Cloris Leachman turns 92 on April 30. Leachman grew up in the Midwest (Des Moines, Iowa) but was never an equestrian in private life.  She is however, intrinsically tied to horses through the movies, most notably as Frau Blücher in Mel Brook’s “Young Frankenstein” (1974). Leachman played the old housekeeper seemingly unaware of the affect her [...]

WARHorses’ Video Favs – The Free Race Horse Who Won a Million

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Favorite Videos, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

You don't have to love horse racing to love this story. The plot is straight from movies like Seabiscuit and National Velvet. Jamaican UPS driver and part time horse trainer, Gaston Grant, 54, was given a free race horse, a big, bossy colt that no one else wanted. On April 8, 2017, Green Gratto won the [...]

“HAYDAY”

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Fun, Horse Phrases, Management, Series|Tags: |

HAYDAY has nothing to do with the dried grass our horses love to eat. In fact, HAYDAY is a misspelling of the word HEYDAY. Please don’t fret if you have mistakenly used HAYDAY, it’s a common error with an impressive history - we’ve been misspelling it for over 200 years HEYDAY first appeared in 16th century [...]

Asparagus, You Look Great. Have You Been Working Out?

April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

Remember when you couldn’t get brussels sprouts everywhere? Back in the olden days, when they might appear in a cafeteria, probably hospital, boiled or smothered with cheese sauce as a tip of the hat that they tasted awful. Then not too long ago, brussels made the acquaintance of the deep fryer and the Granny Smith apple [...]

23 Reasons to Hate Rats

April 20th, 2018|Categories: Features, Management|Tags: , , |

I was going to write this post as a “guide” to rats in your horse barn--a few tips to help you determine if you have rats followed by useful suggestions on how to get rid of them. I realized after drafting a rather dry albeit informative piece that none of my carefully crafted points really meant [...]

April 2018 Caption Contest

April 20th, 2018|Categories: Caption Contest, Contests, Survey|Tags: |

Congratulations Caption Contest Winner Felicia Cabrelli Oglesby Felicia won a "Proud to be a WARHorse" Vinyl Decal

You Can Improve Your Riding While NOT Riding

April 18th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , |

When you have learned off your horse how your hips and mid-section coordinate you transfer this learning, this improvement, right into the saddle. Do you ever feel stiff and uncoordinated in your riding?  Maybe you know what you want your body to do, but you can’t get it to do it.  You may be told [...]

WARHorses’ Favorite Posts from “Ask the Past”

April 17th, 2018|Categories: Features, Management|Tags: |

"Ask the Past" is a terrifically zany blog for bibliophiles. Drawing wisdom from antique texts, each post imparts strange advice with a modern zing. These ancient treasures have been exhumed by historian Elizabeth Archibald, who has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University. Her research focuses on medieval education and the history of the book, and [...]

The Horses That Rock These Rolling Stones

April 13th, 2018|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

For over 50 years they have epitomized the glitz and glam and indulgence of rock n roll stars. The Rolling Stones have lived life to the hilt since their first gig at the Marquee Club in London, 1962. A public life highlighted by performances, each member of the band has found ways to chill and relax. [...]

“The Fillies” of Nova Scotia – Horse Lovers, Trail Riders and Lifelong Friends

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

There is a group of women in Nova Scotia, Canada who regularly ride together. That’s not so unusual. Many of us meet up with friends at the barn or local trail to enjoy an afternoon with our horses. What is different about this group is that they ride every week come hell or high water and [...]