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!

Poland Proposes Pensions for Working Dogs and Horses

2021-06-08T10:14:13+00:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

The Interior Ministry of Poland has proposed new legislation that would grant dogs and horses serving the police, border guard and fire services the type of retirement they deserve. The legislation grants official status to each working animal and a stipend paid to their new owners to help cover their cost. The law was drafted following [...]

A Flourish of Gripping News from America’s Mid-West

2021-06-06T21:40:09+00:00June 6th, 2021|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

June 17, 1875, Saline, Kansas (USA): Our vigilant sheriff captured a horse their by the name of Clark at Bavaria, last evening, and brought him to the jail, late in the night. He had been disturbing horse flesh on Chapman’s creek. The other part of his name was not I.F. There will be a grand display [...]

Women, Fillies and the Preakness Stakes

2021-05-14T18:10:03+00:00May 14th, 2021|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , , , |

After the 2020 postponement until October due to the Covid pandemic, this year’s Preakness Stakes returns to its traditional place, 2 weeks after the Kentucky Derby and 3 weeks before the Belmont Stakes. Middle child syndrome certainly does not apply to this year’s middle gem of the Triple Crown series. The public spotlight shines more [...]

Frontier News from the Overland Mail Coach

2021-05-10T21:09:31+00:00May 10th, 2021|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

May 9, 1860, Springfield, Ohio (USA): The Overland Mail Coach, with Lieut. Cogswell, of the USA, Dr. J P Breck, and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold, as passengers, and San Francisco dates to the 20th of April, arrived here at 4 P M California news anticipated by the Pony Express. By this arrival we have news from [...]

FEI Hands Out Rider Suspensions

2021-05-10T10:08:35+00:00May 10th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

"Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals." ― Milan Kundera The Federation Equestre International (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sports, recently handed down two rider suspensions and had an earlier suspension set aside on appeal. Brazilian Dressage Athlete Suspended for 3 Years for [...]

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 [...]

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