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’ 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 [...]

Its All in Your Hips

June 28th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , , , |

If riding were easy it wouldn’t be an Olympic sport.  Two brains, two personalities, a million moving parts, and gravity – where do you begin to bring it all together so both horse and rider can enjoy balance and comfort? The answer is:  your hips. Apart from the fact that that is where your body meets [...]

What Did I Do Wrong?

June 25th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, I don’t understand what I did wrong. For many years I lived in a small barn in the backyard of a family with three little girls. They would come to the barn and brush me and braid flowers in my mane and kiss my nose. Sometimes they would climb on my back for a [...]

Salad’s Bestest Buddy

June 25th, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

Greens are so healthy, we should be eating them at every meal. Well, no. But if you’re like me and eat a lot of salad, you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good greens habit with boredom. Just like an ice cream sundae, it’s all about the toppings, all the crunchy, tasty bits that bring the [...]

“One Horse Town”

June 12th, 2018|Categories: Fun, Horse Phrases, Management, Series|Tags: |

The original 18th century standard English use of one-horse meant 'drawn or worked, by a single horse'. By the mid-19th century it had gained wider, metaphorical use. “ ’One horse' is an agricultural phrase, applied to anything small or insignificant, or to any inconsiderable or contemptible person: as a 'one-horse town,' a 'one- horse bank,' a [...]

War Horse Memorial Unveiled

June 11th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Her name is Poppy – a name chosen in a nationwide contest by the Guides and Brownies. The War Horse memorial was unveiled June 6 at the Ascot racecourse. The bronze sculpture stands in honor of the millions of animals who died during WW1 pressed into service by man. The memorial is the work of equine [...]

Gallop to Better Training

June 8th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

Here we go galloping - gulp. I tried to work up the nerve to let the reins out another inch or two as we cantered around, but I was having a really hard time doing it. First of all, my horse might run off. Second, if I got lucky and she did not run off, she [...]

Our Horses Sometimes Send Us On Unexpected Paths

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , |

Written by Alice MacGillivray, PhD. In my work world, managers often believe you can plan everything.  And if things don’t go as planned, then you didn’t do a good enough job planning.  Of course we know there are so many possibilities, it is usually impossible to plan anything in detail accurately.  That is certainly true in [...]

This Weekend New York is All About Queens and Crowns

June 5th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

Winning one of this weekend’s races at Belmont Park (NY) would be a dream come true for anyone including a couple of queens who have thrown their hats, err, crowns in the races. The queen's horse "Call to Mind". On Friday, Queen Elizabeth’s 4 year old turf colt Call to Mind will run in [...]

My Side of the Mountain

June 1st, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , , |

I love a good salad, always have. I wonder how huge of a mountain my lifetime of salads would make. Or at least I did love salad. But then along came the romaine scare, and then finding out that canola oil messes up your omega 3/omega 6 balance (and canola is in every salad dressing). So [...]