In honor of Practical Horseman's 40th anniversary issue, we asked our readers to share the most memorable columns and articles they've read throughout the years.
I have read Practical Horseman for many years and have picked up so much knowledge. I still enjoy George Morris’ column. He is a wonderful instructor—one of the best I know—and a true horseman. I also like Jimmy Wofford’s column. His emphasis on classic riding will always hold true regardless of the discipline you choose.
A series of articles that come to mind was many years back with Betsy Steiner about training your young horse. I have ridden for years, shown hunters and jumpers, am a graduate H-A pony clubber, have foxhunted and been a professional myself. Steiner’s articles really helped me in working with young horses correctly. I would love to be able to read them again.
Susan Wilde, Nebraska
There was a series of articles on schooling your hunter back in the early 90s that I still pull out and reread every so often.
Monica Celizic, Michigan
I’ve learned a TON from the conformation and George Morris’ rider-evaluation columns. I’ve subscribed to Practical Horseman since I was 10 years old, and I am now in my 30s. Happy 40th!
Tara Tibbetts, Texas
Jimmy Wofford’s column is by far my favorite. His practical and down-to-earth yet often technical advice has been very helpful to me as I’ve made the transition from decades of riding hunter/jumpers to eventing in the last 21 months. I also SO appreciate his sense of humor and total lack of political correctness.
Andi Stockton Fox, New Jersey
I’ve been reading Practical Horseman since I was a small girl in a town filled with Western riders. My enthusiasm for English riding was satisfied by years of subscriptions, most of which are still in boxes in the attic. My most favorites are Jumping Clinic and Conformation Clinic. They’ve shaped and sculpted my knowledge through the years and created the horsewoman in me. How can you pick just a few things through years of reading? It’s all so ingrained in my mind. I’m thankful for the gift in the magazine. The gift of comradeship in others is highlighted in your pages as well as the gift of proper care and riding for a happier and healthier horse. The one thing I can take away from this is a lifetime of enjoyment in the horse world.
Kris Calvert Fisher, Oregon
Read more answers to this question in the January 2013 issue of Practical Horseman magazine.