We have been reading quite a handful of equine related magazines over the last several years (so many…in fact…we have a hard time getting through them all before the next batch comes in the mail). Equus magazine is one of the more popular horse related magazines out there, and for good reason. This is our review on one of our favorites, Equus Magazine.
So many horse magazines are what we like to call “horse lite.” Too many articles are just too basic, too politically correct, or too boring. When you read a magazine and think…”didn’t I read this same article a couple of months ago,” the publisher is doing something wrong. Equus Magazine rarely fails in that category (though we did experience a couple of deja vu moments over the last several years…just not as many as other magazines produce).
Our favorite thing about Equus is when they do articles for their section Conformation Insights. Some of our favorite articles of all time are included in this bunch including the recent series on Thoroughbreds and the group of three articles on the Arabian last year. These are in depth articles on the history of breeding, conformation and pedigrees of the various article topics. If you are at all interested in the history of the horse…these are articles for you. Meticulously researched and well written, these include a ton of photos and pedigree charts to illustrate the articles. We cannot recommend this section enough…and only wish that there was a Conformation Insights article in every issue!
Equus is known for their articles and updates on horse health, treatments, new diseases and research in various illnesses or lameness problems. We think that many of these articles are valuable in bringing to the forefront less common issues…or things we just don’t think about. We have been able to use these articles to help pinpoint issues with our vet and diagnose a few rare (and some not so rare) problems occurring in our stable full of horses…problems that weren’t particularly obvious until we read something in Equus and realized the horse was showing exactly those symptoms. The updates on research monthly keeps readers up to date on what is happening and what might affect them in the future. The stories of medical emergencies from both common, and extremely bizarre cases help to remind us all that there’s always a potential problem around the corner to watch out for. These articles are indispensable and we think that they are the main reason Equus Magazine is such a must read staple.
We also enjoy some of there cerebral training articles (like The Power of Proprioception). The exercises and information in these articles have been used in many a riding lesson session with students to help them improve their seat and communication, as well as improve their knowledge of how to develop themselves as better riders. These are great for instructors or riders that do better with a little explanation of how and why something does and does not work…verses many training articles that are just steps to get something done…without explaining how that’s actually going to help.
Every once in a while they have special issues that we find just awesome. We loved their issue on Iron Horses…from all areas of horse sports. We thought their Secretariat issue was special as well, and it has a spot on our bookshelf forever. If you ever wondered why he was so above and beyond…a Conformation Insights type analysis of his conformation and running style explain it all).
All in all, we highly recommend Equus Magazine to enthusiasts, riders and trainers of any level.