This list of equestrian magazines that pay is probably the most definitive collection of this sort on the web. For readers who enjoy horses and/or reading about them, these publications can provide a whole lot of enjoyment. Freelancers who work in this field can be horse owners and riders, as well as those who merely research their material.
If you fit into the former category, you stand a good chance of being published by quite a few of the following magazines.
Note: For more magazines that pay writers, check out our list of magazines that pay writers.
Horse Journals is dedicated to horse owners, breeders, and general horse-related topics. They invite writers to send a 250-word synopsis of their idea or article. Please do not send full manuscripts. Copies should be between 1,500 and 1,800 words in length. Their website provides detailed information about the topics they’re likely to publish.
Payment is discussed upon pitching the magazine.
Hoof Beats magazine covers most topics related to horse racing and different horse breeds. They prefer pitches to full manuscripts. New writers are expected to send queries regarding their ideas – including writing samples. Photographs are welcome (prices are negotiable).
Payment is usually $100 for department pieces, and generally $500 for features. All payment is made upon publication.
Horse & Rider is a magazine focused on Western riding. They encourage prospective writers to read previous issues of the magazine to understand their writing style and voice. This publication accepts both manuscripts and query letters and pay up to $400 – depending on various factors. Do study their website for full details.
Payment is negotiated after the article has been accepted.
Dressage Today is a publication which addresses dressage training and horse ownership. They welcome queries or pitches from writers who have familiarized themselves with the magazine’s voice.
There is no specific word count. The writer is expected to negotiate payment with the editor upon pitching the magazine.
Equus Magazine covers topics related to horse health. Prospective writers stand a good chance of being published with them if they write well-researched articles on horse healthcare, behavior, training techniques, veterinary breakthroughs and exercise physiology. Please consult their website for exact details and topics.
Equus Magazine prefers to be sent full manuscripts. Payment is to be negotiated upon querying the magazine.
Horse Illustrated is published for “hands-on horse owners and riders of English and Western discipline.” This publication expects articles to be no more than 2,000 words in length. They expect full manuscripts and discourage queries. Do consult the website for formatting information.
Payment is discussed after your article has been accepted.
7. Horse Canada
Horse Canada is a general-interest publication dedicated to horse owners, riders, and drivers of all breeds and discipline. They work on a query basis and use an editorial calendar. Therefore, content should be focused on a theme and timely. Articles should be between 750 and 1,500 words in length.
Expect to discuss payment when pitching the magazine.
The Chronicle of The Horse is a long-running publication. It handles content on dressage, hunters and jumping, foxhunting, and steeplechase racing. They encourage prospective freelancers to submit feature articles no more than 2,500 words in length. Only queries are accepted.
The Chronicle Of The Horse pays between $165 and $250 for long articles, and this is made upon publication.
The Trail Rider promotes on-trail adventures, and publishes information helpful to riders. They expect articles to be submitted four months before issue publication date. Freelancers are invited to send either a query or the full manuscript. Photography is also welcome.
Please negotiate payment when pitching the magazine.
Paint Horse Journal is in need of content on paint horses, owners, breeders and trainers of paint horses. They expect writers to send a query before writing their article. Copies should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
Paint Horse Journal pays once the article has been accepted.
11. The Horse
The Horse is a monthly magazine dedicated to equine health care. They expect writers to send their resume, email address and writing samples before sending query letters or full manuscripts. The Horse expects articles to be between 250 and 1,800 words in length.
Payment is made upon acceptance and approval of article.
12. USDF Connection
United States Dressage Federation Connection publishes freelance-written features, health articles, personality profiles, how-to training articles, and first-person accounts of life in the dressage world. This publication prefers receiving queries and proposals, as opposed to full manuscripts.
USDF pays between $40 and $400 for articles, and payment is made upon acceptance.
13. Young Rider
Young Rider concentrates on materials relating to horse racing, breeding, and training for kids. They ask writers to read previous issues of the magazine to understand their voice, style, and story.
Young Rider works on a query basis only, and pays between $150 and $200 for stories. Please be prepared to submit photos with your copies.
14. Equestrian Life
Equestrian Life educates, entertains and enables amateurs and professionals to stay on top of new developments in the field. They welcome both manuscripts and queries from freelance writers, and expect feature articles to be between 1,200 and 1,800 words in length.
Payment is made upon publication.
15. South East Quine
South East Quine covers an eclectic mix of topics related to the horse industry – “from back-yard horsemen to commercial operations all across the state.” They welcome both full manuscripts and queries from freelance writers and expect each article to be accompanied by images or illustrations.
Payment is discussed when the pitch is made.
Pay: up to $300
Equestrian Quarterly provides an insider’s view of equestrian society, as well a compelling mix of fashion, style, decor, events, travel, literature, arts, and equestrian sports. Their call for submissions is for articles no more than 3,000 words in length. Please send query letters only.
Equestrian Quarterly pays upon acceptance. The amount depends on the department.
Practical Horseman is a teaching publication for amateur English riders. They work on a query basis and expect writers to attach resumes and published clips to their query letters.
Payment will be discussed upon pitching the magazine.
Equine Wellness provides information for readers to make wise health choices for their animal companions. They accept queries and full manuscripts alike, and invite writers to send samples of their work. Photographs are also encouraged.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.
The Eloquent Equine is dedicated to everything related to life with horses. They work on query basis only and like prospective freelancers to attach writing samples to their query letters. This publication expects feature articles to be no more than 4,000 words in length.
Please discuss payment when your work is accepted.
20. Equestrian News
Equestrian News is a monthly magazine covering news, interviews, and personality in Australia and overseas. They expect feature articles to be between 1,200 and 1,800 words in length but prefer receiving query letters first. Photographs are also accepted.
Payment will be discussed when the pitch is made to the magazine.