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!

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 [...]

Everybody Loves Raymond the Mule

July 21st, 2018|Categories: Breeds, News|Tags: , , |

Folks familiar with the wild horses of North Carolina’s Outer Banks are over the moon. Raymond, the last mule living among the coastal herds and renowned local celebrity is back! Raymond was struggling last year, having lost all his mares, unable to keep up with them because his feet were badly overgrown. Specialists with the Corolla [...]

British Dressage Overturns Mule Ban

July 17th, 2018|Categories: Breeds, News|Tags: , , |

Mules are now welcome to compete in British Dressage thanks to Wallace the Great. Wallace, an 11 year old rescued mule, was recently banned from competing simply because he is a mule. The fracas began when Lesley Radcliffe, Wallace's guardian at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary,  attempted to register the mule as a replacement for a Team [...]

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

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome to Part 3 of Julia Fisher’s 2017 Mongol Derby race adventure, a 4 part series Julia has penned exclusively for WARHorses. You may wish to read Part 1 and Part 2 before proceeding. Julia has cross trained for a year, lost 50 pounds, put up the rather hefty entry fee and travelled half way [...]

Space for Improved Training

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

If my horse, Corazon, wore a Fitbit, or other daily activity tracker that have become popular devices for people aiming to more active lifestyles, I imagine this is how it might read: 200 steps chasing neighbor’s black cat around pasture; 50 prances along perimeter fence next to a mule deer; 150 relaxed ambles moving from one [...]

Mini’s Instincts Saved Her Life

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Any disaster is terrifying. There is seldom time to consider options, decisions must often be made in the moment. Those decisions often mean the difference between life and death. Her instinct to seek higher ground certainly saved her life. Leaf, a 9-year-old miniature mare was found on a roof Monday in western Japan. Days of torrential [...]

July 2018 Caption Contest

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Caption Contest, Contests, Survey|Tags: |

Congratulations Caption Contest Winner Marilee Ramsell Marilee won a Proud to Be a WARHorse Lapel Pin!

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

July 10th, 2018|Categories: Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome to Part Two of Julia Fisher’s 2017 ride in the Mongol Derby. If you missed Part One, you’ll want to read that first – CLICK HERE. Julia has registered for the ride - 10 days to ride 1000 km across the Mongolian steppe. How in the world do you prepare for “the world’s most [...]

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

July 8th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , |

We WARHorses know that our age is just a number and not a milestone that determines our ability to ride, drive and enjoy horses – right? Before we introduce our guest writer, lets consider a few numbers - for sake of perspective. 9 YEARS EXPERIENCE RIDING 66 YEARS OLD 10 DAYS TO FINISH 1000 KM [...]