Horse and Hound magazine has been around for a long time and anyone who, like myself, remembers the Horse and Hound magazine from years ago would get a pleasant surprise if they had a look through today's version.
The cover is much more inviting these days with colourful images and sub-headings giving an idea of the content and gone are the long blocks of type of yesteryear in favour of a much more readable layout.
The title suggests a hunting emphasis, but on reading the magazine, this is not particularly the case and even though I don't hunt and am not interested in this aspect, there is still lots to read in the magazine.
Horse and Hound is very news orientated and if you're wanting to know what is happening in the equestrian world on a regular basis, Horse and Hound is the one for you.
The magazine deals with larger issues in depth with interviews with relevant parties 'in the know' but there are plenty of quick read news items giving information about well-known horses, riders and owners.
There is a good round-up of events in a variety of disciplines which means that there is plenty to interest everyone and because Horse and Hound is published more regularly than many of the other equestrian magazines, stories are still very current. Horses for sale are also featured and it's interesting to browse through the ads.
I like the fact that Horse and Hound does not waste too much space on large atmospheric pictures. I do feel though that the magazine would appeal mostly to the person for whom horses and riding are a way of life, who is aware of the events, the horses and the personalities involved.
Horse and Hound is bought by Step dad every week as we have horses so we buy for the articles rather the hunting section. Horse and Hound comes out every week each Thursday and costs £2.40. There are reports on all the biggest equestrian events such as:-
and Eventing etc.
They also have articles on new products and from major horse sportsmen. There are always letters and lots of horses for sale adverts and other adverts.
My favourite part of the magazine is the large amount of adverts listed weekly. There are high end horses for sale and also lots of horse boxes. There are also listings of companies that do stabling and arenas etc. Also, they feature a lot of equine jobs which are good to read through. There are equine properties from all over the county listed and properties to let.
I do find some of the articles boring, some of the sports really don't interest me so I don't even bother reading half of the magazine. For the price of the magazine weekly, if it wasn't for the rest of the family, I wouldn't buy it. The only reports that I bother to read are the showing ones, and even so they focus on the professionally produced horses and popular names rather than the home produced ones that do well.
It would suit somebody who had an interest in a wider range of equestrian sports but if you are only interested in hacking, or a certain discipline then it might not be worth it.
Maybe I'm a little bit prejudiced against Horse and Hound because I am anti-hunting, or because I don't compete as I don't own my own horse. I rarely buy Horse and Hound unless I really want to read it; normally around the WEG (World Equestrian Games) or the Olympics.
The tone of Horse and Hound can be at times, very elitist and the small text can be hard for people to read. The - somewhat few - articles tend to centre around getting your horse ready for top level competition and therefore are not useful for the casual rider, though they do make interesting reading. I also find Horse and Hound very expensive compared to other magazines with it being around £3.50 for a weekly issue; compared to something like the regional horse magazines which are £3 for a monthly issue it soon adds up. For the price, I would expect a bit more content and more relevant articles. To place an advert to sell you horse is also quite expensive, however I have never used them so I can not comment on how effective they are. There is a common joke in the horsey circles around here though - Advertise the horse on HorseMart, add £2000 and then stick the same horse in Horse and Hound!
One thing that I do enjoy about Horse and Hound are the competition pages and is one of the few reasons I will pick this magazine up. The competition pages are comprehensive and it is a dream of many horse riders to get a write up in Horse and Hound, as it is a very popular magazine! I also enjoy the feature that it runs on the back page currently; it's an archive picture of an incident at a horse event. Past pictures have included rearing dressage horses, hunters jumping tractors, remarkable racing leads and showjumpers not quite accepting their trophies!
I generally dip into Horse and Hound on the shelves, as bad as that is, but I can hardly ever jusify paying the full price for it every week. Since I disagree with the main principle behind Horse and Hound - foxhunting - I find sometimes that the tone is a little bit too much for me to take and whilst it has many interesting articles, occasionally it can focus too much on being pro-hunting and not enough on the one common love of 95% of it's readers - the horses.
I purchase Horse & Hound every week without fail. I think that it is one of the best equestrian managazines out there and has lots of different aspects of the equestrian life. There are several different sections, each one very well written and interesting.
First of all, in my opinion the front cover is very eye catching. It has an impressive picture of a beautiful horse each week, with the title really standing out in big, white, block letters. It has some information on the front of what is inside this week's issue, with quotes, free prizes and lots of helpful guides. It also shows the date and price in smaller writing.
The first page you come across is the table of contents, which is very neatly laid out and is easy to understand. It is catergorized into sections, some of these are 'News', 'Reports' and 'Regulars'. On the side there are also a few pictures and the words 'The week in pictures'; where you are shown a few small shots of different things that have happened that week, with a small description underneath. I find the content page very clear to read and enjoy looking at the pictures; which are often quite amusing!
Usually, the first few pages consist of the week's news. This has a nice layout, with a main story in the centre, and smaller storied along the side. The handy thing about this magazine is that it is released weekly, which means that you can be kept up to date with the news going on in the horse world very easily! There is also a 'Quote of the Week' located within these pages, displaying a quote from someone in the equestrian world; these are often amusing and/or informative. There is a small section across the bottom of the page that displays what is happening in the week ahead. This can be quite useful as it often shows you events which are in your area.
There are a couple of pages dedicated to letters that readers have sent in. I enjoy reading these as you get to see the different opinions that people have on some subjects. It is interesting to see if you agree with these opinions or not, and why. There is also a letter of the week, where you can win a bottle of champagne if your letter is chosen. I have not wrote into Horse & Hound myself yet, but I would definately consider doing so in the future.
Next comes the reports. I generally enjoy reading these, however I tend to flick past the racing and hunting pages as I don't really enjoy reading them. They are well written, I'm just not that into these subjects enough to read page after page of them, and there are quite a few pages! The racing pages seem to be endless, and to a person that doesn't follow racing, it all looks a bit repetitive. I'm sure to someone that enjoyed racing that these pages would be very informative and interesting to read though. My favourite part of the reports would have to be the showjumping pages. I often get to see people that I know in these few pages, as some of the reports are from shows in my area. I find it fun to see my friends in a magazine and to hear about their results. There are also a few pages of just results, I usually just skip past these but I sometimes stop to look to see if anyone I know has been placed in any shows that week. My horses breeder is often amongst the names in the results, so I do enjoy to see her name in there.
The articles following the reports are usually very informative and helpful. There are often guides to help you with different things, ranging from showjumping tips to plaiting up! The guides are very detailed and clear, with lots of helpful pictures and diagrams. I have kept every issue I have ever bought of Horse & Hound, as the articles within them are so useful. If I ever need to learn about something I can just look through my old magazines, and I am almost guaranteed to find something that can help me!
The pages I like to read are the interviews with the professional riders. You get a good insight into their life and their daily routine. It makes you realize how hard these riders work to get where they are now. They also feature the top horses of these riders, which I can't deny I enjoy looking at! I could only dream of having a horse of that standard and quality.
I also enjoy looking through the horses that are for sale. Even if I am not looking to purchase a horse, I like to see what is for sale. There are some amazing horses that I would love to own that are featured in this magazine! The horses are set out into different size groups so you can find the size of horse you are looking for easily. My favourite section is the 14.2hh & under section, as I think the ponies are adorable! Only being small myself, I fit onto ponies far better than big horses! There is also a £3,000 and under section where you can find some nice horses at bargain prices. There are often reasons behind these cheap prices though, so you have to read the advert thoroughly. It costs approximately £260 for a larger advert, and £145 for a smaller one. If you want an advert without a picture, the prices are varied depending on how many words you use. I think it is quite a lot of money for an advert, but if you think about it, you could just add the cost of the advert onto the price of the horse. Horses always seem to be expensive in Horse & Hound, and this is possibly one of the reasons! The good thing about advertising in this magazine is that a lot of people buy it so it is shown to a large audience. Your advert is also shown on the Horse & Hound website, which makes your horse even more widely advertised.
There are lots of other adverts, mostly property, horseboxes and jobs following on from the horse adverts. Also, on the last page there tends to be an amusing picture; usually of somebody falling off with some text explaining what is happening in the said picture.
Overall, I think Horse & Hound is an excellent magazine as it caters for lots of different disciplines in the sport and is packed full of information and pictures. I look forward to getting it every Thursday. It is available in most newsagents and supermarkets for £2.40.
Horse and Hound is the best horse magazine around. I look forward to it every Thursday and prefer it to the other horsey magazines although Equestrian Life which is bi-monthly is a close rival! It just goes to show we don't all like the same things.Perhaps I am a fan of H&H because I grew up with it and many of my friends have the same view.
I hardly read Horse & Hound Magazine. It's seems to be more aimed at the Aristocrat generation of the world.
The Magazine is very opinionated an I do not find it coming across freindly at all. Compared the likes of Your Horse, where you can pick up all sorts of tips and hints. The magazine is user freindly for all walks of life who ride.
Horse & Hound just doesn't have anything quite intesting to read half the time. Yeah it has all th results in but, I just get bored with the groveling patronising blurb really.
My other horse mags are interesting, bright, colouful have loads of great things to look at like new products and they cover all aspects of horemanship including health and wellbeing.
I suppose Horse & Hound is in a different league completley to other horse magazine and It holds no rivals the catogory that it's in.
I understand its great for proffesional riders who compete all th time. But it's not brill for us Happy Hackers!
Overall an expensice magazine with not alot to read inside
Horse and Hound magazine is my least favourite of all the equestrian magazines. I find it very patronising and doesn't have enough articles in it that the everyday rider can relate to. It comes out every week and is quite expensive and really mounts up if you want to read every issue. It has news on what is going on in the equestrian world in each discipline including hunting, eventing, dressage and racing. All of these articles are in my opinion too in-depth for someone who isn't involved and I find when I read it I only read the show jumping page if I read all of that. I feel that the articles are too long and I often find them quite repetitive. Also, half the magazine is wasted just with results pages from every show you can think of that has happened that week which I think is a little unnecessary. Overall, I find that there are much better equestrian magazines out there at more reasonable prices including much more relevant information and advice to the everyday rider.
I was first introduced to the magazine a few years ago by a friend, and since then it has become my alternative newspaper for everything horsey. The magazine includes news, features on famous riders, horses and events, information about the latest in veterinary knowledge and care, hunt, racing, dressage and other competition diaries, advertisements for everything from feed supplements to trailers, and of course the equine classifieds, which is usually my first port of call! At £2.30 per issue, it can be a bit pricey to buy every week, although they do offer a discount for subscriptions. I tend to buy it every other week, depending on what articles are included.
The articles themselves are well written, and not at all patronising in the way some other equine magazines can be. I always find the subject to be absorbing and relevant, because the magazine is weekly rather than monthly and can tackle current issues more quickly.
I also like the fact that the magazine is partnered with a website which has a thriving online community in the form of a moderated forum, which is friendly and willing to answer any questions or worries you may have. The website also offers an archive of articles which have appeared in the magazine, in addition to purpose-written articles of its own. While the magazine can deal with recent issues regularly, the website allows for up-to-the-minute discussion and review of everything offered within the magazine
Finally, in my own personal experience and that of my friends, I've found the magazine to be second to none when buying and selling horses. This is because the magazine is a national publication and not only do the horses get advertised in the magazine, but also on the website. Horse & Hound also try to make sure that none of these advertisements are fraudulent or misleading, making it safer to buy and sell with them.