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!

Ride and Breathe at the Same Time

September 11th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , , , |

There are many reasons for the breath to be free while riding. One is that you stay connected to your parasympathic nervous system – that is where calm lives – so not only will you stay in a good place emotionally, but your horse will sense this and stay calm too. Another is that breathing keeps [...]

President’s Equestrian Portrait Headlines the News

September 8th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

New York, September 18, 1790. The President’s Portrait, Is finifhed by Trumbull - and a fine thing it is; defigned and executed in his fuperior ftyle of excellence. it is a full length, in his uniform of blue and bugs - boots and fpurs - head uncovered, - moft nobly relieved, in contract with a luminous [...]

This WARHorses’ Childhood Dream Comes True

September 7th, 2018|Categories: Community, Events, Features|Tags: , , , , |

From the time she was 11, Angela Wood dreamed of riding a horse across America. Over the next few decades, life offered its distractions but the dream was always in the back of her mind. A few weeks ago, Angela’s dream finally came true. At age 50, Angela set out on a 2-year nationwide trek, driving [...]

What Did You Call My Horse?

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

Our barn visitor offered her comments good-naturedly, but still I bristled. She had chuckled at one or another of Corazon’s antics and then called him a male diva. A what? I didn’t share her chuckle, puzzled as I was that anyone could see this leggy Andalusian as anything but majestic and regal, maybe even brawny. Her [...]

Artistic Tribute for Jockey Julie Krone

August 30th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

A bronze sculpture of jockey Julie Krone, the first woman elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, has been gifted to the museum by Krone, artist Linda Stinson and her husband, Michael. Julie Krone bronze by Linda Stinson In 2000, Krone became the first woman inducted into the Hall of [...]

When Broccoli Met Bacon

August 30th, 2018|Categories: Community, Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

It’s still so darn hot out, but after a long day’s work I often want something really savory and delicious. But not bad for me. Or just a little bad for me. If I’ve thought ahead, I’ve made the incredibly easy dressing in the morning so it can blend. Then when I get home from work [...]

Big Red Still Breaking Records

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Secretariat Derby Shoe Sets New World Record at Auction Secretariat​s track record time of 1:59 2/5 in the 1973 Kentucky Derby stands as the fastest in the history and is a feat yet to be replicated in any running since. Now, 45 years later, Secretariat has once again made history, with one of his race-worn shoes [...]

WARHorses’ Interview with endurance rider Joyce Sousa and LV Integrity

August 24th, 2018|Categories: Features, Interviews|Tags: , , |

He was tied alongside a trailer at an endurance ride, offered for sale. Covered with sweat, he frantically paced back and forth along on the tie. His selling points was singular and not impressive - he bucked off every person who ever tried to ride him. By the end of the day, there were no takers. [...]

May I Please Have a Glass of Tepid Water?

August 20th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Advice from the weekly column "Horse" Perth, AUS, August 1906: The question of watering before or after feeding has never been settled. A leading: English authority states that horses should never be watered after feeding, but always before, especially if the feed, is grain. If a horse is very thirsty give him water, aud then wait [...]

August 2018 Caption Contest

August 20th, 2018|Categories: Caption Contest, Contests|Tags: |

Congratulations Caption Contest Winner Tamara J Habberley Marilee won a Proud to Be a WARHorse Lapel Pin!