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’ Interview – Milanne Rehor’s Determination to Return the Extinct Abaco Island Horse

August 15th, 2018|Categories: Breeds, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , |

Milanne Rehor, 73, has devoted her life’s work toward the return the recently extinct Abaco Island Horse to the island, they once inhabited. As Program Director of Arkwild, Inc., Milanne, Mim, has dedicated the last 26 years to saving the breed. When the last surviving mare, Nunki, died 3 years ago, Mim was by her side. [...]

Now Boarding Passenger’s With Minis

August 14th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Southwest Airlines announced their updated policy on service animals on their flights and that includes miniature horses. The policy changes were developed from customer and employee feedback and guidelines developed by the Department of Transportation. "We welcome emotional support and trained service animals that provide needed assistance," said Steve Golberg, the Senior VP of Operations and [...]

I LOVE my horse. I HATE math. When Worlds Collide!

August 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Features, Fun, Management|Tags: , , , , |

Written by Melanie Eberhardt I was born loving horses but math has never been my friend. I just don’t get it, never did, ergo I hate math. Initially I held my own against math – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – got it! Then in fifth grade I was introduced to fractions and that’s where math [...]

Happy Campers Improve Their Eventing Skills

August 8th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Training|Tags: , , |

Written by Martha A. Woodham Tropical Storm Alberto arrived in Aiken, SC, about the same time the 20 participants in the USEA Area III Adult Riders Summer Camp did. But did the wind and the rain—heavy at times—deter this group? “Heck no. We’re eventers!” was the rallying cry. Olympian Kim Severson of Charlottesville, Va., was the [...]

Lil Wheat-Free, Lower-Carb Maple Doughnuts

August 7th, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

For me, the hardest thing about eating lower carb is the lack of delicious bread. I grew up eating my mom’s fresh-baked bread right out of the oven, so hot the slices were messy and uneven and butter melted into it immediately. Nutty-tasting sesame seeds on the crust and pillowy softness inside. I ate a lot [...]

WARHorses’ Video Favs – Donkey Love

August 1st, 2018|Categories: Favorite Videos, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , |

Christopher Ameruoso is a celebrity photographer from LA. In his spare time, he noodles on the guitar, much to the delight of his rescue donkey, Hazel. Like Hazel, we too are charmed by this beautiful, musical interlude. Have a great day WARHorses!

Hawaii’s Wild Horses Are Dying

July 31st, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

A mysterious illness is killing the wild horses of Waipio Valley, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Struggling horses were first spotted in June. Initially, the horse’s gait becomes abnormal and as their muscles atrophy they are unable to walk at all. To date 11 wild horses have died. The neurological presentation is unique, nothing that [...]

WARHorses’ Interview – The Oldest Horse to Finish Tevis

July 25th, 2018|Categories: Breeds, Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman--everyone loves a super hero. They possess extraordinary traits, aspire to do good, apply their strengths to help others and are reliable, trustworthy stalwarts that inspire and comfort the rest of us. Endurance rider, Claire Godwin, knows something about super heroes. She has one living in her pasture. Godwin, 59, is a [...]

Proof That Age Is Just A Number – 66yo Rides the Mongol Derby, Part Four

July 24th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

This is the final installment of Julia Fisher’s 2017 ride in the Mongol Derby. If you missed the previous 3 posts, you’ll want to read those first,  CLICK HERE. A year of preparation and Julia is disqualified on the first day of the 2017 Mongol Derby. Injured, Julia contemplates what happened and wonders 'why?'. Faced [...]

WARHorses’ Video Favs – Racing Ponies Before the Queen

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Favorite Videos, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , , , , |

Some WARHorses were lucky to grow up riding ponies, galloping across pastures racing the wind like no body’s business. Kids chosen to compete in Britain’s Shetland Pony Grand National each year, don’t need to daydream about winning races, they have the opportunity nearly every weekend, hoping to qualify for the final race before the queen. The [...]