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!

Woman Runs And Jumps Like A Horse

May 20th, 2019|Categories: Features, People, Training|Tags: |

"In My Opinion..." by Melanie Eberhardt My mother tells a story about my "odd behavior" as a child. She actually has a lot of those stories but today I’ll share one of her favorites – the time I became a horse. I wanted a horse. My parents did not. In a bout of parental defiance (or [...]

Female Outrider Catches Loose Preakness Horse

May 19th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

The stars of yesterday’s Preakness race were not the winning horse and jockey but the loose horse and pursuing outrider team. Bodexpress ran the entire race without his jockey, John Valezquez, unceremoniously dumped at the starting gate. A loose horse on the track is incredibly dangerous and fortune smiled at Pimlico on Saturday when Bodexpress ran [...]

Old Joe Gone

May 18th, 2019|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Death of Col. Baxter Smith’s War Horse - A Historic Animal - Campaigns and Battles in which He Was Engaged. Died on May 17, 1883, Joe Massengale, the cavalry horse of Col. Baxter Smith, aged about 27 years. Nashville, TN (USA) May1883: Old Joe was a beautiful bay, handsomely formed and was certainly of illustrious [...]

Tim Conway Wanted To Be A Jockey

May 15th, 2019|Categories: Features, People, Training|Tags: , , |

He grew up in suburban Cleveland, Ohio (USA) with ambitions to become a jockey. He was the right stature, short and under 100 lbs. He loved horse racing but there were obstacles he could never overcome. “I had two problems, he explained. “When they put me on a horse, I kept falling off, and I had [...]

Remembering Doris Day

May 14th, 2019|Categories: Features, People, Training|Tags: , , |

Legendary actress and singer, Doris Day, passed away Monday at 97. We grew up watching her movies “Pillow Talk” and my favorite “Don’t Eat the Daisies” and listening to songs like “Que Sera Sera” and “Sentimental Journey”. What is less known about Day is her dedication to help animals. “You have to do things, you have [...]

School District Hires Pony

May 9th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

April 30, 2019 Lakewood, NJ (USA): Nearly a fifth of the preschool students enrolled in the Lakewood school district have special education needs. To meet those needs, the school district is adding additional classes and seeking help from a unique resource - EATS or Equine-Assisted Therapy. Peanut is one of several therapy ponies and dogs that [...]

Retiree’s Good Deed Saves Young Donkey’s Life

May 9th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

May 2, 2019 Reche Canyon, CA (USA): Roger Eldridge was on his way home when he came upon a donkey in the middle of the road. Concerned, he got out of the car to check the animal when he realized it was a baby. Eldridge took the donkey home and contacted animal services. “That little donkey [...]

Disney Welcomes A Special Foal

May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

April 26, 2019, Orlando, FL (USA):  Disney has introduced a special addition to the Walt Disney World Resort, Lilly the Shetland pony. Lilly, named after Walt Disney’s wife, is the first white Shetland pony born at Disney’s Tri-Circle-D Ranch. Lilly is the offspring of Lady and Ferdinand who are members of the team trained to pull [...]

Horse Led by Car Through Busy Streets

May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

April 20, 2019 Hai’an City, Jiangsu Province (CHN): Two men in mainland China were recently stopped by police for leading a horse on city streets from a car. Traffic monitors noticed the horse on camera and dispatched police. The driver did not initially comply with officer’s attempts to stop. When the driver eventually stopped, he told [...]

It’s Only a Matter of Time – the Rebirth of an Ice Age Horse

April 28th, 2019|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: , , , |

It was the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, a 2,500,000-year period of climate turbulence. In Siberia repeated glacial periods were offset by warmer periods supporting endless grasslands. With each climate shift life on earth changed – animals evolved, new species developed while others died off. He was born during one of Siberia’s more recent cooling periods [...]