Horse Magazines

Olivia   July 14, 2016   27 Comments on Horse Magazines

I currently subscribe to three horse magazines: Equus, Practical Horseman, and Dressage Today.


I used to get Horse Illustrated, but found it to be a little boring. I do sometimes flip through it at Barnes and Noble when I’m there. My favorite horse magazines are actually the British ones that I love to read at Barnes and Noble while enjoying Chai Tea Lattes. I’ve thought about getting subscriptions, but they’re so expensive.

So tell me, readers, what are your favorite horse magazines? What else should I be reading?

27 thoughts on “Horse Magazines

  1. Sari

    I subscribe to Mules and More – I wanted Western Mule, too, but they’re so expensive to subscribe to in the UK that I could only choose one. My partner also subscribes to Eclectic Horseman.

    UK magazines I subscribe to are The Barefoot Horse and Horsemanship magazine, although to be honest I’m not sure I’ll renew those subscriptions. They’re interesting, just not enough for me to spend my dwindling finances on!

  2. jenj

    I would kill for a good chai latte about now.

    If you join your local USDF GMO, you get the USDF magazine, and it’s got some great articles in it.

    1. Olivia Post author

      Summer is the best because I can get Chai Latte Frappachinos. Given our current lack of ability to show dressage, I probably won’t join my GMO anytime soon, but it’s good to know the included magazine is actually good.

  3. Paola

    I love the British ones as well, but I don’t remember the names of all if them! They’re much more informative than most American ones, I think, although Practical Horseman is pretty good.

  4. Sara @ The Roaming Rider

    Are you an AERC member? If so, you get Endurance News which is pretty full of great information. Outside of that, I don’t subscribe to anything. Browsing the Dover catalog while dripping drool out of my mouth probably doesn’t count.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I should have mentioned Endurance News. I do get that and it is pretty good. I forgot about it though because it wasn’t in my stack after I lent it to my husband.

  5. Megan

    i used to really like practical horseman, but i haven’t gotten a horse magazine (or any magazine, for that matter) in YEARS. I usually just stalk around the internet.

    I did used to get young rider when i was one… AND I LOVED IT. I may or may not have wallpapered my bathroom in college with all the old pull out posters it had in it.

  6. Appydoesdressage

    Those are exactly the 3 magazines I get as well lol. I had Horse Illustrated, several times, over the past 10 years. Each time I felt I was getting zero benefit out of it so I would let it lapse. Only to try again later and get the same feeling lol.

  7. Stephanie

    I don’t subscribe to anything any more, as I just read all the horse magazines at work. I usually end up reading Practical Horseman and Dressage Today at work; I’ll leaf through Sidelines and Warmbloods Today, too.

    I subscribed to Horse & Hound through Barnes & Noble on my Nook for a while. It was a lot cheaper than getting it mailed to me. The county library also offers a lot of e-magazines, too, which I liked because it didn’t create a bunch of recycling for me to take!

    1. Olivia Post author

      Alas, my tech start-up doesn’t subscribe to horse magazines so I have to get them myself. I kind of like getting paper magazines instead of e-magazines.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I forgot to include that I get Endurance News. I do like it. I forgot about it because I lent it to my husband to read so it wasn’t in my magazine stack.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I can see the repetitive thing, but I think it cost me like $10 per year, so I don’t mind. And I recycle them when I’m done so even if they are a bit repetitive, it’s not something I already had lying around.

  8. Megan

    I currently only subscribe to Horse Illustrated but am finding it repetitive at this point. The only reason I still get it is because i keep forgetting to figure out how to cancel my subscription. I usually get Equus, Dressage Today and the dressage association’s magazine passed on to me once my mother-in-law is finished with hers.

    1. Olivia Post author

      Horse Illustrated costs like $9 a year to subscribe. I think I had a 3 years subscription for $20 at one point, but once that lapsed, I didn’t renew.

  9. Emma

    I would page through these magazines endlessly as a child. Just one would keep me occupied for weeks. They were like magic – esp bc they looked nothing like my own world of horses in our tiny old isolated barn. These days I’m basically all digital tho. I kinda miss the magic tho!

  10. Jenn

    I don’t currently subscribe to any horse magazines, I used to but I found that I never got around to actually reading them. Funny you should mention Horse Illustrated: I used to subscribe to them and tried to cancel my subscription because I didn’t really read it, and actually had to file a BBB claim against them because they kept sending me the magazine and harassing “final notices about your subscription” in the mail. Soooooo now I don’t even want to touch HI in the store, let alone subscribe to them again!

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