TheHorse.com Freelance Information
The Horse is a monthly magazine devoted to equine health care. The publication focuses on educational topics and news and is geared towards the professional, hands-on horse owner.
- Writing for The Horse
- Professional Relationship
- Content Suggestions
- Number Style
- Other Style Notes
- References Style
- Alphabetical Style Guide
- Veterinary Degrees List
The Horse prefers "how-tos," technical topics, and topical interviews intended to inform horse owners. It accepts no first-person experiences except from veterinary professionals.
Ideally, clips (writing samples) should show an ability to organize technical information to maximize the understanding and education of the reader, as well as a smooth, correct writing style.
If you have a specific article topic in mind, save yourself some trouble by first checking to make sure we have not done an article on the topic recently and do not already have one assigned on it in the near future. You can check recent issues (by issue or via a topical search).
Articles range from short news items at 250 words to 1,800 word cover stories; payments vary depending on article length.
If you are submitting photos with a manuscript, please do not send original prints. The Horse is not responsible for unsolicited, lost, or damaged images. Please see the complete Photography Guidelines below.
- Please hit your assigned word counts as closely as possible. Plus or minus 50 words is no big deal, but 800-1,000 words over or under either presents us with some major challenges in fitting articles, photos, and ads together cleanly, or makes us do a lot of editing that neither of us probably wants. If you need more or less room, please let us know ahead of time and we'll see if we can accommodate the space request.
- Please get your articles in on time.
- If you are having trouble with a technical study source or some other piece of technical information, ask for help! Don't wing it. If the author of the study can't help you, contact us and we will try to suggest a good person to clarify the information. If you aren't clear on the implications of a piece of research, chances are quite good that the reader won't be either.
- Make sure that the sources you use extensively see the article before you send it to us. This is a very important step to make sure that all of your information is correct before sending it to us for publication.
- We tend to drop a reasonable amount of subheads into most articles that don't have them, in order to break the material into cohesive sections and give the reader a road map of the article's content. You are the best judge of when and where to put them in your story, but please keep them in mind as they really do help the reader.
- We know that many of the topics we assign are quite technical in nature, and that getting all of the information correct is sometimes a challenge, but once you've got all that straight please pay attention to the aesthetic flow of the article. Make sure it is a clean read that is targeted to an owner that cares for his/her own horses.
- When working with research information, please don't extrapolate the results of a study on a few horses to the entire horse population. Researchers prefer that you discuss the results of the study only as it applies to those particular horses and say things like, "Based on these findings, it seems logical that this would be true for most high-performance horses," etc. Allow them to give you their take-home for horse owners in their own words.
- The lead is what draws the reader into the story, so make sure that your lead tells every reader why they should be interested in this article. For example, explain to the reader who has never seen a rabies case why he/she should read this article on rabies. Perhaps rabies cases are increasing. Perhaps it can lie dormant in an area for a long time and then break out again. Use whatever works and is accurate.
- Along those lines, please conclude your articles with the take-home message. Sometimes we receive articles with abrupt endings, or ones that don't make sense.
- We try very hard to educate the readers and give them references for further information if they're interested. If you used any written or online sources that were particularly helpful in understanding your topic, let us know so that we can list them as further reading. Previously published articles in The Horse are often useful in this capacity as well.
- If you are not sure of how to spell a medication's or compound's name, call the pharmaceutical company that makes it, or you might try an online medical dictionary.
- Write out numbers one through nine and use numerals for 10 and up unless it’s a measured quantity, percentage, or decimal. These are always numerals.
- Write out any number at the beginning of a sentence. If it’s a really long one like five thousand three hundred eighty-seven and sixteen one-hundredths, rearrange the sentence. Fractions as measurements are always numerals. Fractions in text that aren’t precise measurements (ex. “xyz compound makes up about one-third of the blood volume”) should be written out.
- In a range of numbers, use a dash in between and the units only after the last one (ex. 5-7%, 10-12 inches).
- Units of measurement: write them out unless they’re less commonly used ones (such as microliters), when we write it out the first time with the abbreviation following parenthetically. After the first reference, use the abbreviation.
- Write out cubic and square measurements.
- Numbers as measurements are always numerals.
- Numbers in series (ex. one to 12 horses) should follow the style rules above; don’t change the written out one above just because it’s in series.
- Use comma separator for numbers 4 digits and larger (1,000).
- Phone numbers: 111/222-3333.
- Temperatures: use numerals for the amount, the degree sign (option-shift-8 on a Mac) and use a one-letter scale reference with no space in between (ex. 58°F).
- Ages: use numerals (2-year-old)
Other Style Notes
- Horses are "thats" or “whiches” unless they’re named, at which point they become “whos.” When referred to with pronouns, they should be “hes” unless female gender has been specified. They should not be “its.”
- Don't use “may”; use might, could, or can.
- Italicize publications, Latin critter names, in vitro and in vivo.
- Decks--Make sure you have one that’s fairly short.
- Tenses: In news items, quote sources in the past tense. “John Doe, DVM, said,...” In articles, quote them in the present tense. “John Doe, DVM, says,...” This conveys a timelessness to the information.
- Time of day: 8:30 a.m. (with periods).
When citing a reference in text, follow this style:
- "...For more information on EPM, see "EPM Update" in the December 2010 issue of The Horse, TheHorse.com/xxxx."
- Or: "...bla bla bla has been proven about EPM (see "EPM Update" in the December 2010 issue of The Horse, TheHorse.com/xxxx).
- Websites should start with www, not http://, unless there is no www. TheHorse.com does not need "www."
- Degrees: Do not refer to sources as Dr. So-and-so; follow names with correct degrees and current title (John Doe, DVM, PhD, a professor of xxxx at xxxx University).
References: don’t use any “p”s to refer to page numbers, just leave the numbers standing alone. Use body copy style. To cite The Horse articles:
Hall, T. Fitting For Public Auction. The Horse, May 1998, 37-42. TheHorse.com/2953.
A magazine article example:
Adebowale, A.; Cox, D.; Liang, Z.; Eddington, N.D. Analysis of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate content in marketed products and the Caco-2 permeability of chondroitin sulfate raw materials. Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, Vol. 3, No. 1, 37-44, 2000.
Toby, Milton C. The Complete Equine Legal & Business Handbook. Lexington: Blood-Horse Publications, Inc.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square-Pocket, 1992.
Tannen, Deborah, ed. Gender and Conversational Interaction. New York: Oxford UP, 1993.
Alphabetical Style Guide
- African horse sickness
- BAL (bronchoalveolar lavage)
- barbed wire
- Bermuda grass
- Bills: Senate Bill = SB 86 after first reference
- Body condition scoring: use numerals (1-9)
- Breed names: capitalize them
- build up (v)
- buildup (n)
- Bute (short form of phenylbutazone)
- ccs (“The horse got 10 ccs of Banamine...”)
- centerline (anatomy)
- cerebrospinal fluid (not cerebral spinal)
- Cesarean section
- check up (v)
- checkup (n)
- clostridia (no italics, no caps when referring to multiple species)
- Clostridium perfringens (italics, caps on genus name for particular species)
- common sense (n)
- common-sense (adj)
- cut off (v)
- cutoff (n, adj)
- cutting edge (n)
- cutting-edge (adj)
- Day 12 of pregnancy (capitalize “Day”)
- deworming (not de-worming)
- Degrees: usually don’t have periods. DVM, not D.V.M.
- Dipl. = Diplomate
Directions (north, south, etc.) should not be capped when they indicate compass direction.
Capitalize these when they define regions or are part of a proper name or well-known area. Also capitalize if you’re using two nouns to name a region (the North Woods, the East Coast):
- “Go south half a mile...”
- “He has a Southern accent.”
- “It will rain in the Eastern states.”
- “In North Dakota it’s freezing.”
- “In the South Side of Chicago...”
Don’t capitalize when referring to regions of the country:
- “The western United States...”
- Capitalize these when they define regions or are part of a proper name or well-known area. Also capitalize if you’re using two nouns to name a region (the North Woods, the East Coast):
- dos and don’ts
- Ehrlichia risticii: see Neorickettsia risticii
- Eastern tent caterpillar
- ehrlichiosis: see equine granulocytic anaplasmosis
- ellipsis points: use option+semicolon…
- NOTE: Email addresses all have an @@ in them somewhere, and no commas.
- equine granulocytic anaplasmosis (EGA after first reference, and not ehrlichiosis)
- equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1 after first reference)
- equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)
- estrus (mare is in estrus)
- estrous cycle (adjective)
- et al.
- etc., : comma after if not ending sentence
- euthanatize (not euthanize)
- exertional rhabdomyolysis
- Fallopian tubes
- feed room
- figure eight
- first-aid (adj)
- first aid (n)
- fold (twofold; tenfold)
- foundation (QH)
- fundraiser; fundraising
- gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)
- Gram-positive (or negative)
- Grand Prix events (capped)
- ground cover
- hand walk
- halter broke
- hind leg
- hind limb
- hoof care (n)
- hoof-care (adj)
- horse shoeing
- House Resolutions: HR 123 (after first reference)
- hyperelastis cutis (HC), aka hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA)
- hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP)
- Internet (capitalized)
- infection vs. infestation (infection is internal parasites; infestation is external)
- i.e., : comma after unless ends sentence
- layup (pasture layup)
- long time (n)
- longtime (adj)
- longe line, longeing
- Lyme disease
- make up (v)
- makeup (n, adj)
- metacarpophalangeal joint
- midline incision
- more or less (no hyphens)
- mucous (adj)
- mucus (n)
- names: Use last name on second and subsequent references
- Neorickettsia risticii (not Ehrlichia risticii)
- neurologic (not neurological)
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
- online (not on-line)
- Okay, not OK
- omega-3, -6
- oribatid (mite)
- osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
- Percentages: use % sign always (85.5%, 5-7%)
- pickup truck
- PO Box (not P.O.)
- Potomac horse fever (PHF after first reference)
- prepurchase exam
- protozoan parasite (see EPM)
- rain rot
- rain scald
- recordkeeping (one word)
- Regions: see Directions
- round pen
- rule-out (n)
- rule out (v)
- rural route: RR #x
- Salmonella bacteria; salmonella (the disease)
- Senate Bill: SB 86 after first reference
- sesamoidean, sesamoids
- specialist: Use only to describe those who have advanced training, i.e., Diplomate status in that field. Otherwise, use “practice limited to.”
- States: use two-letter postal abbreviations only in mailing addresses. Everywhere else, use AP abbreviations for full or city/state addresses, and write out if mentioned in text.
- tagalong (trailer)
- tendonitis (not tendinitis)
- Tennessee Walking Horse
- The Blood-Horse Inc. (no comma)
- time frame
- toe grabs
- toed out
- toed in
- turnout (paddock turnout)
- tying-up (n)
- tying up (v)
- U.S. (n/adj. only) (not US)
- underrun heel
- United States (n.)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- under way
- University of California, Davis
- utero-tubular junction
- Vet degrees: Use full degree list for the first reference, thereafter only use the last name. Degrees: see AlphaVet Soup page
- veterinarian (never “vet”)
- Warmblood (capped)
- warm-up (n)
- the Web
- Web address (a.k.a. URL, Uniform Resource Locator)
website (not Internet site)
- NOTE: Most websites start with http:// . Leave out the http:// to save space in print (unless there is no www), since the http:// is optional when typing in the web address. Always type in the address and double-check it before printing. Most websites begin with www, but not all. URLs are case sensitive.
** If a Web or email address is too long for a line, break it at a slash, @@ sign or dot. DON’T hyphenate it unless there’s actually a hyphen in it. No URL or email address should have a comma in it.
- Example: www.bcentral.com/services/yaketyyaklb/
- West Nile virus (WNV after first reference). Do not use West Nile without “virus” after it.
- Western pleasure
- wheal (skin bump), not weal
- wide-web shoe
- wobbler syndrome (not wobblers)
- World Wide Web
- X ray/ radiograph
A Few Veterinary Degrees (Alphavet Soup)
List courtesy Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM
- BVSc or MVB--Bachelor of Veterinary Science
- DVM--Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- FRCVS--Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- MRCVS--Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- MS or MSc--Masters of Science
- PhD--Doctor of Philosophy
- VMD--Veterinary Medical Doctor (University of Pennsylvania)
Specialty Boards recognized by the American College of Veterinary Medicine: (style: Dipl. ACVA)
- ACVA--American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists
- ACVB--American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
- ACVCP--American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology
- AVDC--American Veterinary Dental College
- ACVD--American College of Veterinary Dermatology
- ACVECC--American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
- ACVIM--American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
- ACLAM--American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
- ACVM--American College of Veterinary Microbiologists
- ACVN--American College of Veterinary Nutrition
- ACVO--American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists
- ACVP--American College of Veterinary Pathologists
- ACPV--American College of Poultry Veterinarians
- ABVP--American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
- ACVPM--American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
- ACVR--American College of Veterinary Radiology
- ACVS--American College of Veterinary Surgeons
- ACT--American College of Theriogenologists (reproduction)
- ABVT--American Board of Veterinary Toxicology
- ACZM--American College of Zoological Medicine
The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care
Stephanie L. Church
PO Box 919003
Lexington, KY 40591-9003
About 40 photos/issue; 20-30 supplied by freelancers. Contracts required. Captions preferred. Published work OK. Buys one-time rights. Payment based on photo size and use (refer to table below for payment amounts). Please do not send originals. The Horse is not responsible for unsolicited, lost or damaged images.
If you are published in The Horse, we will send you a PDF file of the page of the magazine with your image on it upon your request.
|1/4 page or less||$40|
|1/4 page to less than a full page||$70|
For digital images:
- Please do not submit low-resolution files. All pictures submitted to The Horse must be at least 300 dpi at a 4 x 6 inches.
- Take the time to fill in properties (metadata) on your photos. (Even when they are emailed, because it is very hard to sort the images and file them for appropriate use.) This is mandatory for all digital photos submitted. Even though this is time-consuming, please at least put your name and a few (1-3) general keywords (ie. eating grass, flies, water, farrier, etc.). All basic photo software has this capability. This will help ensure that you receive proper photo credit and payment.
- Please do not send CDs with locked images. For our purposes, we do change the name of the photos when they are filed into our system. However, properties on photos do not change even when photos are renamed. So, please put your name in the properties for all submitted photos.
- If you are having trouble emailing images, it is most likely because your files are simply too large. If you are sending very large files, you can upload them to the FTP site but you must have special permission. Please email Stephanie Church (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information.
If you would like to be alerted of specific upcoming photo needs, please send an email to Alexandra Beckstett, managing editor. Here are some examples of photos we're always looking for, however:
- Veterinarians in biohazard suits
- Quarantined barns
- Horses in quarantine pens
Veterinary exams: Well horses / ill horses
- Veterinary consultation with owners
- IVs, casts, braces, bandages
- Specific ailments or diseases
- Administering vaccines
- Oral administration of medication
- Drawing blood
- Foal enema
- Healthy foal exam
- Giving shots
- Giving plasma (to foals)
Specific diseases, conditions, injuries, and illnesses
- Laminitis / founder
- Strangles / S. equi
- West Nile Virus
- Swamp Fever / Equine Infectious Anemia
- Hives and rashes
- Cuts and abrasions
Horses in everyday activities
- In pasture, alone or with herdmates
- In roundpen
- Arena work
- Being led or ponied
- In restraint
General farm and barn
- Hay and feed storage
- Tractors, mowers, landscape equipment used near horses
- Mowing the lawn, weed eating around water sources, etc.
- Feed tubs and bins
- Water buckets and automatic waterers
- Bedding and stalls
- Horses being loaded in bumper-pull or stock trailers
- Trailers being towed
- Detail shots of trailers and equipment, traveling tack room, tow hitches
- Tennessee Walking Horses
- Paso Finos
- Insulin-resistant horses
- Cushings horses
- Fat horses: fat pads on horses' shoulders, tailheads, cresty necks
- Only high-quality, professional images will be accepted. No blurry shots, please, unless they are blurred to show motion of the horse. Make sure photos are not too dark for reproduction. Check that dark horses do not blend into dark backgrounds and white horses do not fade into light backgrounds. Backgrounds are always important. Ask yourself if the focus of the photo is on a cluttered background or on the subject of the photo. Also, colorful images will grab attention more than those lacking color. Keep this in mind while shooting.
- It is recommended that you send in samples of your work if you have not worked with us before. If the photos are deemed acceptable based on the criteria above, a photo needs list will be provided.
- Interaction shots are always needed: horses with people, horses with horses, owners and veterinarians, owners and farriers.
- Also needed are photos of horses with actual illnesses or injuries (i.e. equine herpesvirus, colic, narcolepsy, etc.)
- We tend to use seasonal shots to correspond with the issue (i.e., winter shots for winter issues), so images for the winter issues might need to be shot far in advance. Plan ahead.
- Please keep us updated as to your contact information (including a mailing address, phone, email, and a website if applicable). This is so we can make sure payment, magazines, and photos go to the right place and also allow us to get in contact with you if any unexpected photo needs arise.
- Please observe all deadlines listed if sending in for a specific issue.
- Please call Stephanie Church at email@example.com if you have any questions.
- View the Photo Needs list periodically for updates.
***Please include your name and 1-3 keywords on every digital photo submitted!***
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