Horse Illustrated Review
Horse Illustrated is one of those magazines that you probably started reading when you were a horse obsessed kid…and might still read today. It’s one of the few horse magazines you can still find in book stores (the few that are left). It’s available at a cheap subscription fee and is probably the most popular horse magazine on the market. The magazine has changed a bit over the years (long gone are the days of the pull out “centerfold” horse poster). The magazine has tried to stay current and relevant in a world when things move much faster than print, however their graphic design and photography are usually below par for what we’d expect for a magazine in 2015.
In some ways, Horse Illustrated is still pretty fantastic. It’s a great entry level magazine for younger or less experienced riders or the hobby rider that doesn’t need anything too specific. It also keeps offering great monthly giveaways of new products (which we love…but have never won anything). We love the rider profiles they do from time to time, their articles on vacations and their breed profiles. They also have a regular article from well known trainer Clinton Anderson and other articles on horse healthcare and training.
But as we said above, it’s a great entry level magazine. So many of the articles seem to be repeats from past issues or other magazines and even those that are not…are so low level in the information they convey, they aren’t very useful for an already very knowledgeable equestrian. We have only been ordering this magazine for several years for two reason. 1. To keep up to date reading what everyone else is reading and 2. To have magazines for the kids at the barn to read and cut up for craft projects.
We canceled our subscription a few months ago and likely won’t renew for some time (until the kids run out of stuff to cut up). We’ve found other magazines we’d prefer to spend our time reading and found the last several years we have just scanned through the content of this one with little interest.
We do recommend Horse Illustrated for hobby enthusiasts and less experienced riders and appreciate Horse Illustrated’s niche market that they do a nice job of catering too…we’re not just not really in that market anymore and are no longer enjoying reading it. If you are a bit more experienced and don’t find Horse Illustrated quite educating enough for you, try another magazine we reviewed recently Equus Magazine. There are plenty of other magazines on the market that cater to specific disciplines as well that are fantastic.