Natural Horse Magazine Writers' Guidelines for 2013


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Natural Horse Magazine is now published quarterly. NHM is dedicated to the continuing education and enjoyment of the horse caregiver and rider. We focus on wholistic equine care - humane and natural alternatives to today's traditional means of horse care. Our goal is to expand the reader's knowledge and understanding of complementary methods to improve the relationship between man and animal and bring greater well-being to the horse and his world.

We feature important topics in nutrition, homeopathy, herbs, bodywork and hands-on techniques, aromatherapy, and other complementary modalities, and how to use them to complement current care. We also feature cooperative horsemanship and humane training, natural care and maintenance of the horse and his environment, care of pets and other animals, information and fun for children, do-it-yourself ideas, case histories, book reviews, and more.

Article Submissions

Topics are frequently assigned by editors (please request Editorial Calendar for Authors - contact us for topic availability). NHM also invites outlines/ queries relating to other horse-friendly ideas. We invite any queries concerning barn animals or pets, children and families with horses, and health and environmental interests for the horse and rider.
We publish well-researched and sourced articles, and require holistic veterinarian input as appropriate (quotes from holistic veterinarians; contact for a list) and input from other experts who have had experience with the topic. We feature concepts, ideas, and methods, including product components and their natural benefits. Our objective is to provide accurate, practical, and substantiated information.
• Informational articles and article queries must contain a succinct outline of the article’s subject matter. [See page 2 for sample outline.]
• Provide author name(s), address, phone, fax, email and website (if applicable).
• Submit query or complete manuscript via email as .doc or .rtf attachment (or as text in body of email as a last resort).
• NHM responds to queries within 2 weeks; if you do not get a timely response, please contact us again. Today’s spam filters can be

Format Dos and Don’ts:
Use Times or Times New Roman font to avoid incompatibilities.
Use line spaces in between paragraphs (not paragraph tab indents) and line space above and below headings.
Do not insert formatting, page numbers, or headers and footers; do not center. Use of bold, underscoring, and italics is welcomed.
Avoid N and M dashes, percent signs, degree symbols, fraction characters, bullets, and other characters that may not ‘convert’. Spell them
out, use dashes, slashes, and asterisks instead, and we will make the conversions. 
Do not justify text.
Use single line spacing without extra space above or below the line.
For multi-column lists or tables, send each part as text, AND the whole as a graphic (as described in Photos and Graphics section) or fax/
mail a hard copy. Send to  
A completed Submission Form (page 3) must accompany all submissions. Be sure to insert number of photos submitted and number of copies requested. (Use one form per single article; use one form for an article series but LIST ALL PARTS’ TOPICS planned for the series.)
Article length is 1000 words. Larger articles may be considered only if they can be divided into consecutive parts with an outline in
advance for each part. To view sample articles, please see or ask us for a sample issue.

Photos and Graphics
Photos and graphics are encouraged and must be in .jpg, .tif, or .pdf format at 300 dpi (high resolution) in a usable size (3" or larger), color preferred, CMYK.
• Photos/ graphics placement must be indicated by callouts in bold and within brackets [Place photo xx near here.] within article document to show placement.
• Do not imbed graphics. Send each photo/graphic separately in high resolution. Indicate where photos should be placed within article.
• Include captions and names for photo credits if applicable. Permission statements to reproduce graphics when applicable must accompany submission.
• We prefer and can accept very large photo/ graphic files such as large high-res photos and cover photos.

To avoid possible rejection, equine photo subjects - unless purposely depicting the negative - should be natural. Any restrictive tack (flash or dropped nosebands, martingales, curb chains, shank bits, etc.), blankets, and horseshoes are discouraged. Pastured and loose horses must be halterless. Manes, mud, and hoofboots are welcome. Protective headgear on riders is preferred.

Deadlines, articles & graphics:

  • Jan/Feb/Mar: Oct 15, ;
  • Apr/May/Jun: Jan 15,
  • Jul/Aug/Sep: Apr 15;
  • Oct/Nov/Dec: Jul 15

Compensation for Articles
Unless otherwise arranged in advance, payment for 1200 to 1500-word articles is in:
Contributor’s copies (3 to 5 copies of the issue in which author's work appears)
A 1-year Online subscription to NHM (please provide email address)
Advertising space for a 1/8-page color ad (horizontal: 3-3/4” wide x 2-3/8” tall; vertical: 1-3/4” wide x 4-7/8” tall; value $95, may be used as credit toward a larger ad). Author must provide the ad. Send ad as a .jpg, 300 dpi resolution, CMYK color (for black text use K black), to

NHM is granted First Worldwide Periodical and Electronic Rights of the article and its graphics, and all articles published in NHM remain accessible in the NHM website and archives indefinitely. Full rights for resubmission and republication elsewhere, of the original submission, revert back to the contributor after NHM publication/ distribution. In the author's best interests, should a third party request permission to use the NHM-version article in print or web publication, permission may be granted by both NHM and the author if both agree to do so. An author may freely submit his or her original version elsewhere, and NHM reserves the right to authorize reprints of the NHM version. Email for more information.

Author Bios
Author bios, 2 or 3 sentences in length plus publishable contact information, are to be supplied by author (for sample bios visit Online magazine and sample pages). Bio photos encouraged. Archived web version bios and contact information are kept original and are not updated.  

Writers who submit articles warrant that the submission is original and that subsequent printing of any materials in NHM does not infringe upon the rights of any third party, and agree to accept complete responsibility and liability for such claims.

Natural Horse Magazine publisher reserves the right to edit or use submissions as seen fit, and is not responsible for their safe return. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials may be accepted, but NHM cannot assume responsibility for these materials. Editorial correspondence is encouraged, and may be edited for publication. Article submissions, drawings, and photos from youth 18 and under are encouraged. Submissions must be emailed, or neatly printed or typed and mailed. Submissions that are not accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage will not be returned.


- - - - - -   Outline Format Sample (Outline must be included with each article.)  - - - - - - -
Suggested title - Give Your Horse the Gift of Bodywork
Main topic [purpose of article, one complete sentence] - Horses benefit from bodywork.
  I. [Heading for topic 1] - Hands-on bodywork promotes health and wellbeing.
   a. [subtopic/subject matter, in complete sentence] - Bodywork feels great..
   b. Bodywork stimulates circulation.
    1) Increased circulation carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.
    2) Increased circulation carries out toxins and wastes.
   c. Bodywork helps restore range of motion.
  II. [Heading for topic 2] - Hands-on bodywork promotes a healthy horse-human relationship.
   a. [subtopic/subject matter, in complete sentence] - Bodywork allows for feedback from the horse.
  b. Bodywork is a bonding experience.


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