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!

The Indelible Allure of Poitou Donkeys

2021-04-29T22:28:08+00:00April 29th, 2021|Categories: Features, Horses, People|Tags: , , |

What is it about horses that we love so much? Their beauty? Their strength? Their soulful eyes that know all our secrets? Of course, the answer is YES. Trying to explain our love of horses to others can be difficult. Perhaps the simplest explanation is that “it’s just something that happens.” Oceana contemplates the [...]

Couple Sentenced for Dragging Horse Behind Truck

2021-04-24T17:51:42+00:00April 24th, 2021|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

In November 2019, a disturbing video was posted to Facebook showing a horse tied and dragged behind a moving truck. As the truck moved forward in the snow, the lead rope became taut. As the horse braced against the pressure its hooves slipped through the snow. The truck then sped up dragging the thrashing horse [...]

Researchers Can Build You a Better Horse

2021-04-20T19:16:19+00:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Argentine researchers have successfully edited the genes of an equine embryo utilizing a technique called CRISPR or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. This successful advancement confirms the ability to produce customized horses by manipulating embryonic DNA. CRISPR was conceptualized by Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD and Jennifer Doudna, PhD who proved in 2012 that genetic scissors [...]

Wa-Keeney Horse Breeder’s Assn.

2021-04-22T11:45:39+00:00April 18th, 2021|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management|Tags: , , |

Bayard 40394 Imported Percheron Stallion. Bayard has passed the examination of the State Veterinary department. He is a registered, imported black stallion, 18 1-2 hands high, and weighs 1800 lbs. Good bone and action. Bayard will make the season of 1910 at my livery barn in Collier. Positively no work Sunday. TERMS - $12.00 to [...]

MULES STAMPEDES BROADWAY

2021-02-19T17:10:22+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management|Tags: , , |

Kicks a Car, Routs a Policeman, but is Subdued by Strategy. February 19, 1906, New York, NY (USA): Skipper James Olsen of the canalboat Mary Ellen, lying at the foot of West Fifty-seventh Street, took three mules out on the pier late last night to exercise them. For two weeks they had done no work. [...]

For Sale – Property Where Jackie Kennedy Learned to Ride

2021-02-03T21:34:11+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy grew up spending summers in East Hampton, New York. The family home, Wildmoor, has been for sale nearly a year, asking price $7.5 million. During her childhood, Jackie’s parents hosted weekend polo matches nearby and entertained guests at their home. Recently a second property linked to Jackie has been listed for [...]

Fall From a Horse

2021-01-22T16:04:07+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

January 21, 1920, Adelong (AUS): A lad named Rufus Kohl employed at El-Ierslie station left the homestead to bring in a horse. His horse returned riderless. A search was instituted and the lad was found two hours later the horse had put a foot in a rabbit furrow and fallen. When found Kohl was unconscious [...]

Frightened Horse Refuses to Leave Burning Barn

2020-12-14T22:27:27+00:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

July 23, 2020; Bucks County, PA (USA): Two police officers risked their lives to save a frightened horse from a burning barn. When officers Matthew Reiss and Kristian Hanus arrived on scene, the roof of the barn was engulfed in flame. Friends and family members had already removed 14 horses from the barn but 22 year-old [...]

Her Horse Fell Out of the Trailer at 65 MPH

2020-12-14T22:27:28+00:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: Features, Interviews, People|Tags: , , |

“I would trade places with her had someone told me what would happen that day.” April Stark knows a thing or two about horses having been around them most of her life. She’s passed her love of horses on to her daughters and coaches their 4H equestrian drill team. April has a particular passion for [...]

WARHorses Quiz

2020-12-14T22:27:28+00:00June 21st, 2020|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , |

Venus of Berekhat Ram Man has been creating art since prehistoric times. It has been our steadfast means of expression and documentation of human history. The oldest examples date from 230 to 700,000 BC; the Bhimbetka and Daraki-Chattan cupolas discovered in Central India and the Venus of Berekhat Ram discovered on the Golan [...]

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