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 – “Horse Sluts”

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Product Reviews, Products|Tags: , |

Horse Sluts: The Saga of Two Women on the Trail of Their Yeehaw by Candace Wade with Penelope Langley 2015 In this hilariously narrated part memoir, part paperback therapist, part equestrian travelogue, readers join two women “of a certain age” as they take to the trails as passionate new riders. Along the way they embrace [...]

Pfft – Dog Days Don’t Drag This Draft Down

March 6th, 2018|Categories: Breeds, News|Tags: , , , , |

Britain’s oldest surviving breed tilled the soil that fed a nation for centuries. Times have changed, today the critically endangered Suffolk Punch is looking for new purpose as it struggles to survive. One particular Punch has taken up a new job receiving eye popping reactions from the other participants. Craikhow Hall Jensen is a nine-year-old Suffolk [...]

83 Years Old and She’s Still Mustering Cattle

March 5th, 2018|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , |

BackRoads is an Australian television program hosted by Heather Ewart. The show travels Australia’s backroads visiting remote areas and sharing remarkable, inspiring stories of regular, hardworking folk. The November 26, 2017 episode visited Corryong in north-eastern Victoria. Heather met Joan Sinclair, one of the region’s most devoted horse and cattlewomen. At 83 years old, Joan is [...]

Winter Catastrophe Averted

February 28th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Girl Stops Runaway - Clings to Bridle and Prevents Horse Trampling Children NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 28: Miss Adelaide Downing, daughter of a contractor living at 460 Barnes avenue, the Bronx, was walking down the Boston Hill road at 179th street at dusk to-night, when she saw a runaway horse with an empty sleigh careening behind dashing [...]

Girls Save Dad’s Life with a Lead Rope

February 27th, 2018|Categories: Management, News|Tags: , |

When Colin Bailey severed his right arm trying to attach a horse trailer to the car, he thought he was a goner. His 12-year-old daughter, Ayumi and her friend, Aja, were the only one’s home. The girls heard Bailey’s cries for help and ran outside to see what was wrong. “I saw the blood and noticed [...]

One of America’s Greatest Olympians Ran Against Horses to Earn a Living

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , , |

In 1935, at the age of 22, he set three world records and tied a fourth in less than an hour at the Big Ten Track Meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sportswriters dubbed it “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport!” The following year he won more Olympic gold medals than any man before him. Jesse [...]

If Life Hands You Lemons, Make Greek Feta Lemon Chicken Soup

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

By Loraine Fick When you think hearty, delicious simmering soup, you don’t usually think “this will ready in barely more time than it takes to microwave a burrito!” But this savory soup can be assembled and cooked so quickly you can whip it up any night of the week. The trick is slow-cooking the chicken while [...]

“Dead Ringer”

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Fun, Horse Phrases, Management, Series|Tags: , |

Over the centuries, the sport of kings has spawned its share of horse slang including DEAD RINGER. The phrase originated in the U.S. during the late 19th century meaning a dishonest substitution of a better horse in a race in an effort to dupe the bookies. The substitute needed to look like the less talented horse [...]

Enough is Enough

February 21st, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Features, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Dear Appy. My horse has a glorious tail. He seems very proud of it but I worry. It seems the hair is getting too long. In particular it drags on the ground and sometimes when he steps backward he steps on it and scares himself. Should I cut a couple inches off the length, make it [...]

Digby – Guiding the UK to New Realms

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Breeds, Features, Management, Training|Tags: , , , |

Mohammed Salim Patel is a journalist for the BBC. The 23-year-old has a degenerative eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa, and needs a guide dog to help him manage, but Patel has a phobia of dogs. Inspired by a documentary, Patel decided a guide horse was an ideal option. He has always loved horses, others were using them, [...]