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!

Ways You Can Help – Hurricane Harvey

August 31st, 2017|Categories: Features|

Many of you have asked how you can help our horse friends in Texas and Louisianna. Listed below are several options with direct links to donation pages. Thank you in advance for any amount you are able to give. Houston SPCA: These are the amazing, seemingly tireless folks knee deep in water 24/7 rescuing and caring [...]

Hurricane Harvey Dumps On Houston’s Horses

August 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night near Houston, Texas. The Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph dumped up to 30” of rain on Houston, the 4th largest U.S. city with 2.3 million people. Downgraded today to a tropical storm, Harvey is headed back into the gulf where it will regain strength and make a [...]

Jessie Wilson Hurt, Thrown by Horse

August 28th, 2017|Categories: History's Horses|Tags: |

WARHorses’ series “History’s Horses” takes a Presidential tone today with this vintage news report of an afternoon hack gone wrong. President's Daughter Found Unconscious by Roadside - Fiance Had Ridden Ahead. Jessie Wilson Sayre Aug 27, 1913, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Miss Jessie Woodrow Wilson, the second daughter of President Wilson, and her fiance, [...]

Klimke Clinches Gold

August 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Ingrid Klimke receives her Individual Gold medal. Photo Courtesy equipe-foto.de Ingrid Klimke, 49, won her first individual gold medal at the FEI European Eventing Championship in Poland this week. Ingrid competed with her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Horseware Hale Bob OLD, aka “Bobbie”. In addition to the individual gold medal, Ingrid won silver as [...]

6 Reasons Why Old Horses Are the Best Horses

August 24th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Written by Kristen Kovatch, Managing Editor HorseNation.com (and draft horse driving enthusiast) for HorseNation.com. Whether you’ve worked with an old schoolmaster or have a pasture full of retirees at home, old horses find a way to weave themselves into our hearts forever. I’ve been lucky in my horse life to have worked with the full range of [...]

Dallas Welcomes More Asses

August 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

There’s lots to celebrate at the Dallas Zoo! Not one but two rare Somalia Wild Ass foals were born in July. Kalila (“dearly loved” in Arabic) was born to Liberty on July 9 and Naima (“calm” in Arabic) born to Hani July 19. Abai their sire arrived at the Dallas Zoo in 2005 on loan from [...]

City Horses Still Pooh Poohed

August 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Since Antiquity urban equines have been the source of one particular problem. What to do with all that manure? White Angels Swept the Streets of NYC at the turn of the last century Julius Caesar banned horse drawn courts in Rome from dawn to dusk to mitigate gridlock, noise and to allow time to [...]

Przewalski Horse Euthanized at the National Zoo

August 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Maja, a 13-year-old Przewalski’s horse was euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) August 13 for renal failure. Maja began exhibiting signs of distress only two days earlier, she stopped eating, had difficulty standing and walking and had blood in her urine. The decision to euthanize came after she did not respond to treatment and [...]

 USA Women Win the Aga Khan Trophy

August 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

History was made August 11 at the Dublin Horse Show when the USA fielded an all-female team to win the Nation’s Cup for the Aga Khan Trophy. US has won the Aga Khan Trophy 7 times. Laura Kraut, Lillie Keenan, Lauren Hough and Beezie Madden The American squad includes 3 #WARHorses (“women of age”) [...]

The King of Rock n’ Roll Loved Horses

August 16th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: |

Elvis and Bear Elvis Presley died 40 years ago today (August 16, 1977). The King’s legacy lives on through his music and acting. But did you know Elvis loved horses, he rode and personally cared for his horses when he was at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1957, Elvis purchased Graceland, which [...]