Trail Riding

Trail Riding

Manuscript length: 2,000 to 2,500 words. Text should offer a travelogue detailing a horseback excursion into stunning country that readers would likely never have the opportunity to explore on their own. Alternately, the text can be written as a destination or travel piece, explaining unique riding opportunities in a specific locale.

Rodeo

Rodeo

Manuscript length: 2,000 to 2,500 words. Rodeo features can take several forms, including profiles of the current season’s top athletes from the high-school, college and professional circuits; nostalgic pieces profiling competitors from the past; or essays on the sport. Because of the magazine’s lead-time, result-oriented event coverage does not fit Western Horseman’s format.

Ranching

Ranching

Manuscript length: 2,000 to 3,000 words. Text should offer a thorough profile of a working ranch with a unique story to tell. Include information on the ranch’s founding and history, the family or families involved, ranch operations and, most importantly, the ranch’s use of horses. Thoroughly discuss the ranch’s bloodline preferences for horses, what the ranch looks for in working horses, the ranch’s horse-breeding program, and how horses are selected, started, trained and used.

Horse Care

Horse Care

Manuscript length: 1,500 to 2,000 words. Text should focus on one specific aspect of routine, everyday horse-health maintenance, or a common illness or injury, including at-home treatment regimens. Manuscripts on uncommon health issues are of less interest. Horse-care material should be produced with credible veterinarians with impeccable credentials. A source can be profiled in a brief (1-paragraph) biographical sidebar.

Freelance Submission Guidelines

Freelance Submission Guidelines


Western Horseman rarely accepts unsolicited manuscripts. In most cases, the editor assigns the magazine's content to staff writers or to a small group of professional freelance writers. Writers wishing to submit material to Western Horseman should begin the process by contacting the editor via e-mail (edit@westernhorseman.com), ground mail or fax. If the article fits Western Horseman's editorial schedule, the editor may ask the freelancer to produce a manuscript for review.

In all cases, Western Horseman makes no commitment to publication or payment until the editor reviews the finished manuscript and photographs. Freelance articles are, therefore, written "on spec." When the editor approves the finished manuscript and photographs, a contract specifying payment will be sent to the writer. Western Horseman pays on acceptance and purchases first-time publication rights, as well as an option for one future use; remaining rights belong to the freelance contributor. Western Horseman cannot commit to publishing freelance material in specific issues. Even after purchasing rights to a manuscript, Western Horseman does not guarantee that the work will be published.

Manuscripts
Photography
Ranch/Cowboy Horsemanship
General Horsemanship
Horse Care
Tack
Ranching
Rodeo
Trail Riding
Personalities
Great Horses
Horse Breeds
History
Essays
Other Projects

General Horsemanship

General Horsemanship

Manuscript length: 1,500 to 2,000 words. Text should discuss one specific, practical, how-to topic for western riders. The material should be equally useful for competitive and non-competitive riders. Training material should emphasize practical, how-to info, and be produced with credible, nationally known horsemen with good reputations. Resulting features should be aimed at average riders, not beginners or novice competitors, and produced with the assumption that readers already have a grasp on the basics of horsemanship. Above all, keep the safety of the reader in mind while producing a training feature. Make sure the text and photos convey proper, safe methods. Ask the source to double-check his or her tack to be sure that photos will depict proper equipment adjustments. A source can be profiled in a brief (1-paragraph) biographical sidebar.

Ranch/Cowboy Horsemanship

Ranch/Cowboy Horsemanship

Manuscript length: 1,500 to 2,000 words. Text should deal with everyday training or horse-handling insight based on a working cowboy's use of a horse. Training material should emphasize practical, how-to info, and be produced with credible, nationally known horsemen with good reputations. Resulting features should be aimed at average riders, not beginners or novice competitors, and produced with the assumption that readers already have a grasp on the basics of horsemanship. Above all, keep the safety of the reader in mind while producing a training feature. Make sure the text and photos convey proper, safe methods. Ask the source to double-check his or her tack to be sure that photos will depict proper equipment adjustments. A source can be profiled in a brief (1-paragraph) biographical sidebar.

Photographer Guidelines

Photography

Film
Contributing photographers should work with 100-speed color slide film, although medium-format photography is always preferred.

Digital
Contributing digital photographers should work with professional-quality cameras rather than consumer-level equipment. Digital photos must be saved at a resolution of no less than 300 dpi, and should be shot using the camera's RAW setting or its largest JPG setting. This results in large file sizes, so all digital photos should be submitted on CD. Please do not e-mail digital photos.

Color copies, home printouts, color lasers, digital proofs and printed matter are not acceptable substitutes for original, first-generation images, and can’t be considered for publication.

Photographers should script photo shoots in advance and plan to shoot as much film as necessary to ensure a good selection of quality images. It isn’t unusual to shoot 10 to 20 rolls of film to produce photos for one training feature.

Photos should be shot outdoors, ideally in morning or early evening light.

Insist that photo subjects wear cowboy hats, cowboy boots and appropriate western attire. Riders should always be pictured wearing cowboy boots. Baseball caps, t-shirts and tennis shoes are not acceptable attire for photo subjects.

Before shooting in an arena, make sure the arena will be groomed and background clutter removed before the shoot begins. Be aware that interior photographs - such as those shot in an indoor arena - cannot be used due to low light and poor backgrounds.

If a freelance writer obtains photographs (or artwork or illustrations) from a third party, written permission for image usage must be obtained from each photographer (or artist). The freelance contributor is responsible for obtaining such clearance.

A photographer should also obtain permission from the owner before photographing a horse, even if the owner is not present for the photo shoot.

Provide at least 15 images (more for ranching or training articles) for consideration. Typically, 5-8 images will be selected for publication.

Provide detailed captions for all submitted images. Include the subjects' full names, horses' registered names and barn names, horses' breeds, horse owners' names, location, description of the action depicted, etc.

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