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 Report of S.P.C.A. Is a Good One

January 24th, 2019|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

General Summary Shows Many Cases Investigated And Much Good Work Done By Society’s Agent In The City And County For Dumb Animals SOCIETY’S PRESIDENT SUBMITS SOME DON’TS Annapolis, MD, 1920. Agent John C. Blaisdell, of the Anne Arundel County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has submitted his report for the month ending January [...]

Trying to Catch a Few Z’s

January 10th, 2019|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, Is there something wrong with laying down to take a nap? Several times a day, I stretch out in the grass for a good rest. However, if my person sees me laying flat out in the pasture, she comes running screaming my name. Her hysterics scare me so I jump to my feet. She [...]

WARHorses’ Interview with Becky Desmond a Lifelong Equestrian with a Competitive Drive

January 5th, 2019|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , |

Becky Desmond, 70, and husband, Jim, a Vietnam vet and career Army man, have a shared love of horses and riding. They live in Idaho’s high country, a relatively flat area of temperate climate and few trees that is visually embraced by the Boise Foothills. As a young couple living in Montana they became friends with [...]

You’re Fired! UK’s First Guide Horse Loses Job

January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , |

Digby, an American Miniature horse, is Britain’s first recognized guide horse (WARHorses has written about Digby before). Trained by Katy Smith, 58, KL Pony Therapy, he was placed with BBC journalist Mohammed Salin Patel last year. All was going well until Digby experienced an unexpected growth spurt. He became too large to maneuver around Patel’s office [...]

75 Year Old Rider Saves the Day

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

A 75-year-old course clerk (outrider) caught runaway mare, Lady Belle, after she dumped her jockey and took off down the track December 29th at Cranbourne Turf Club in Victoria, Australia. A course clerk for nearly 20 years, rider Kevin Wynne told reporters he didn’t know what all the fuss was about explaining ‘I was just doing [...]

Stolen Horse International

December 29th, 2018|Categories: Business Directory|Tags: |

Search & Recovery Assistance for Missing Horses The mission of Stolen Horse International, Inc.™ (NetPosse), is to assist in search and recovery of horses and to improve equine welfare through education. •  Stolen Horse International is committed to helping horses by: 
Providing NetPosse Alerts, the horse industry “Amber Alert”. • Providing education on responsible horse protection [...]

Christmas Woes Improved When Horse Won’t Whoa

December 18th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

Man of Millions Knelt in Snow Charles R. Flint Griefstricken at a Poor Pedler’s Mishap. His Runaway Sleigh Horse Knocked Down James Walsh in Fifth Avenue Rich Man Treated Poor Man Like a Brother and Sent Him to a Hospital. “A Comfy Christmas, “says Walsh” Lost the Price of His Family’s Dinner To-day but Doesn’t Mourn, [...]

Bronze Horses Befit Bush’s Presidential Library

December 17th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

This exquisite equestrian monument greets visitors at the entrance of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

WARHorses Book Review – “Ephemeral”

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Features, Opinion, Product Reviews, Products|Tags: |

Ephemeral By Andie Andrews Copyright 2017, Andie Andrews Published by Flying Chestnut Press ISBN: 0692936629 Ephemeral is “one part romance novel, one part literary fiction, one part love-affair-with-horses,” told from the viewpoint of a former rodeo horse. Set in New Jersey’s toney horse country, the novel revolves around 40-something Clarissa Stamos, a romance writer in [...]

Katherine Jansen of Shepherd’s Knoll Farm

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Business Directory|Tags: , , |

Life Coach - Author - Shepherd Helping Women Navigate Life’s Challenges Katherine Jansen is a certified life coach, a children’s inspirational book author, a devoted mother, and a self-proclaimed “sheep midwife.” For two decades she has counseled and coached women all over the world, in many settings, and now loves serving clients on her relaxed, [...]