Practical Horseman Review
I am continuing the series of reviews on popular horse magazines today. The next one under the magnifying lense? Practical Horseman.
Practical Horseman is a magazine aimed at English riders, primarily those of the hunter/jumper or eventing crowd (though there are special dressage issues from time to time). Articles in Practical Horseman all fit within a few basic categories: training articles, profiles people/horses/farms/events, and horse heath/management. From time to time there are other cool articles like the “Build Simple Cross Country Fences” in the photo above which are an extra special treat. These large scale articles make up the bulk of the magazine, however we don’t think they are the meatiest parts. While I tend to enjoy the large feature articles in Practical Horseman…they are not why I buy the magazine.
Why do I buy the magazine?
- Conformation Clinic
- Jumping Clinic with George Morris
- Cross Country with Jim Wofford
- The QA section Here’s How
- The “Things To Do” roundup
I have saved every single Conformation Clinic for any issues I have received. They get pulled out and filed away and looked at again over and over (not only to reconfirm my knowledge and understanding of conformation, but to explain issues in their horse’s conformation to students so they know what they’re working with). I love this page and look forward to it ever month (it is the first thing I flip to).
The second thing I look at is the Jumping Clinic with George Morris. While I don’t really jump…I find these invaluable in being able to train myself in how to spot rider errors in position (even on the flat) and see new possible ways of messing something up. This is of course extremely helpful when instructing to be able to have that skill.
I don’t think I have ever read anything that Jim Wofford has written that I didn’t enjoy reading. He’s got an impressive knowledge base and sure knows how to write a convincing argument. It doesn’t matter that I don’t compete in 3-Day, most of the time what he has to say can be translated across disciplines.
I find the Question/Answer section in Practical Horseman to be superior to many other magazines. It is rare that I don’t learn something from reading the answers to readers sometimes very specific problems.
The Things To Do box is always a big favorite. I love to check and see if there’s anything close that I didn’t know about or plan for that I could possible get to. I appreciate this section, more than love it.
In review…Practical Horseman is indispensable for a few fairly “small in the scheme of things” monthly columns. I recommend this magazine to any rider on the English side of things and any rider or trainer that wants to keep up with what’s going on (no matter the discipline).