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!

January 2020 Caption Contest

February 18th, 2020|Categories: Caption Contest|Tags: , |

Congratulations Caption Contest Winner Donna Osborne Donna won an autographed copy of trainer Jec Aristotle Ballou's book, "55 Corrective Exercises for Horses"

WARHorses TIP: Loyalty Cards for Feed

February 18th, 2020|Categories: Advice, Features, Management, Series, Tips|Tags: , , |

Today’s #WARHorses TIP is one that hits home for many of us - buying feed. Baby’s gotta eat but that weekly trip to the feed store can put a pinch in your pocket book. Wouldn’t it be great to save a few dollars? Feed stores and manufacturers occasionally offer loyalty discounts; i.e., buy 4 get 1 [...]

Very Remarkable Horse Surgery

February 16th, 2020|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management|Tags: , , , , , |

Artificial Breathing for Racehorses by Means of Tracheotomy. Silver Tubes Inserted in Their Throats as Skillfully as in a Human Being. GLASS EYES AND FALSE TAILS. Successful Operations Nowadays Which Make Sick or Broken Down Animals Almost as Good as New. February 16, 1896, New York, NY (USA): There is no corner of medicine or [...]

Case #33: When People Do Bad Things to Good Horses

February 8th, 2020|Categories: Features|Tags: |

In November 2019, a video was posted to Facebook showing a horse tied and dragged behind a moving truck. As the truck moved forward in the snow, the lead rope became taut. As the horse braced against the pressure its hooves slipped. The truck then sped up dragging the thrashing horse the length of a football [...]

16 Horses Die After Eating Blister Beetles

February 8th, 2020|Categories: Events, Health & Medical, News|Tags: , , , |

Recently a Wisconsin horse farm lost 16 horses and more than 100 others showed signs of distress after eating blister beetles. The horses were fed alfalfa hay purchased at auction from South Dakota. Necropsies performed on each horse confirmed the cause of death: the diagnosis supported when beetles were found within the remaining hay. Lyle [...]

Diminutive Drama – 72 Miniature Horses in Limbo

January 30th, 2020|Categories: Breeds, Events, Management, News|Tags: , |

In June 2018, Shirley Kittleson, a 72 year-old veterinarian in rural Minnesota, received a call from the local Humane Society, “could you take in six dozen miniature horses?”. The Humane Society and Watonwan County officials seized the herd of 72 following an anonymous tip asserting mistreatment. The horses owner, Michael Johnson a third generation horse breeder, [...]

One-Eyed Race Horse Retired to Old Friends

January 28th, 2020|Categories: Breeds, Events, Features, Horses, News|Tags: , , |

January 20, 2020, Georgetown, KY (USA): - Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY., today welcomed 2017 Kentucky Derby contender and graded-stakes-placed Patch. The 2014 son of Union Rags out of the A. P. Indy mare Windyindy, Patch was donated to the non-profit organization by owner Calumet Farm following his three-season racing career. [...]

Tragic – Horribly Mangled By A Hollywood Car

January 17th, 2020|Categories: Fun, History's Horses|Tags: |

January 4 1908, Hollywood, CA (USA): Miss May Duffy, Mrs. W.A. Clark's Maid, Fatally Injured While Riding Along Sunset Boulevard. Her Thoroughbred Horse Killed. May Duffy, employed as a maid by Mrs. W.A. Clark Jr. was thrown from Mrs. Clark's Kentucky saddle horse in front of a Hollywood car yesterday and was hideously mangled. The horse [...]

Then the horse said, “pull my finger”

January 15th, 2020|Categories: Advice, Dear Appy, Fun, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, I'm really good to my horse. Why does she feel the need to fart at the precise moment I'm grooming her tail or giving her a good scratch? Flatulent Filly Mom Dear Mom, Geesh,you humans are so uptight about passing gas. I see you crouching in the corner of the tack room to let [...]

Six Horses Survive Inhumane Massacre

January 14th, 2020|Categories: Horses, News|Tags: , |

January 14, 2020, Eastern Kentucky (USA): In late December, a pregnant mare and her yearly colt were found unharmed near an abandoned Kentucky strip mine, the site of a recent bloody massacre. Located in eastern Kentucky, the area has served as an unofficial home for free range horses for years. In early December, twenty horses were [...]