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!

No Blood, Sweat or Tears Shed Teaching This Painting Pony

June 13th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Under Ponciin's tuteledge, Teddy finished his first painting in about two hours.PC: SWNS: South West News Service Elodie Poncin, an art and design student at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England wanted her last student art exhibit to be memorable. Inspired by her lifelong passion for horses, Poncin decided to incorporate horses into her [...]

WARHorses Book Review: The Breath of Horse Crazy

June 12th, 2019|Categories: Features, Product Reviews, Products|Tags: , , , , |

“The thought of horses changes my spirit; inhaling their sweet aroma, fingers pulling softly through silky tail hair, my heart translating their secret language of snuffles, whuffles, and whinnies.” ~ from The Breath of Horse Crazy Women with a deep affinity for horses struggle to define the near gravitational pull horses have on them. They [...]

Horse Beats Man in Annual Race

June 11th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

June 8, 2019, Llanwrtwd in Powys, Wales: Saturday marked the 40th running of the Whole Earth Man v Horse race. This year’s competitors included 650 runners and 60 horse and riders for the 22 miles, 35km, cross country event. The event, began in 1980 when local pub owner, Gordon Green overheard a discussion between two men [...]

Concerned About Birds

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

Dear Appy,  My barn has a lot of windows, they provide great lighting and a way for the breeze to pass through. Unless the weather is really bad, the windows remain open. But I’m wondering if I need to close them. Last spring several birds used the windows to fly in and out of the barn, [...]

Rare Golden Zebra Photographed In The Wild

June 9th, 2019|Categories: Breeds, Features, Training|Tags: , |

Visitors to Serengeti National Park Tanzania, Africa will see zebras, a lot of zebras. They are one of the most numerous animals in the park estimated at a quarter million individuals. Among them is one zebra visitors are unlikely to see though it stands out like a sore thumb - a “golden zebra”. Thanks to Sergio [...]

British Suffragette Trampled During 1913 Epsom Derby

June 9th, 2019|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Emily Wilding Davison was a British suffragette fatally injured at the 1913 Epsom Derby. Trampled by the king’s race horse, she died four days later. Speculation suggests she committed suicide in order to draw attention to the suffrage cause. No one will ever know her motive, she told no one of her plan and left no [...]

Decisions, Decisions: Thoughts for New and Returning Mid-life Riders

June 4th, 2019|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , |

By Karen McPeak I worked at a tack store a couple of years ago when a customer, probably in her mid-forties, came in to buy only what her trainer told her to buy, right down to the brand. As I remember, she was stressed. She had just bought her first horse—to the tune of $75,000, her [...]

Horse Health: Epiglottic Entrapment Took Out the Derby Favorite

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Advice, Health & Medical, Training|Tags: |

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched just a few days before the big race. Due to a fairly uncommon condition called epiglottic entrapment. The epiglottis is a triangular shaped cartilage at the base of the airway. It acts like a lid, flipping up and down protecting the horse’s airway as it swallows food. Epiglottic entrapment occurs [...]

Safety Tips for Riders Caught in a Lightning Storm

May 24th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , |

A single bolt of lightning can be hotter than the surface of the sun reaching 1 billion volts of electricity. Lightning occurs worldwide, most frequently along the equator and more so over land than sea. The United States for example sees an average of 20 million lightning strikes each year. A person’s chance of being struck [...]

Did She Shoot the Man Shooting Wild Horses

May 21st, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

On May 2, an amateur photographer was taking photos of wild horses at the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest near Heber/Overgaard, Arizona (USA) when gunshots rang out. “I saw the horses get startled and I was startled,” said Kathie Reidhead who took cover behind a fallen tree. Reidhead watched a man take four or five shots at [...]