Stallion Spotlight

BushyGeneology copy

Real Estate Spotlight

  • Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the Forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes may be better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts, though are not legally obligated to do so, regardless of content.

Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting. Moderators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts unless they have been alerted and have determined that a post, thread or user has violated the Forums’ policies. Moderators do not regularly independently monitor the Forums for such violations.

Profanity, outright vulgarity, blatant personal insults or otherwise inappropriate statements will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

Users may provide their positive or negative experiences with or opinions of companies, products, individuals, etc.; however, accounts involving allegations of criminal behavior against named individuals or companies MUST be first-hand accounts and may NOT be made anonymously.

If a situation has been reported upon by a reputable news source or addressed by law enforcement or the legal system it is open for discussion, but if an individual wants to make their own claims of criminal behavior against a named party in the course of that discussion, they too must identify themselves by first and last name and the account must be first-person.

Criminal allegations that do not satisfy these requirements, when brought to our attention, may be removed pending satisfaction of these criteria, and we reserve the right to err on the side of caution when making these determinations.

Credible threats of suicide will be reported to the police along with identifying user information at our disposal, in addition to referring the user to suicide helpline resources such as 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 5/9/18)
See more
See less

Dressage Today is now Practical Horseman

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Dressage Today is now Practical Horseman

    My Dressage Today is now Practical Horseman... Not happy.

  • #2
    gone are the days of D and CT. 8-(
    -- * > hoopoe
    Procrastinate NOW
    Introverted Since 1957


    • #3
      Yep, I sure miss D & CT. I won't be renewing Dressage Today next time. USDF Connection gives me all the news I need.


      • #4
        DT announced this change with the most confusingly-worded notification ever, especially since they are journalists. I will read just about anything horse-related, but my $1ish/issue treat to myself is now a bit more expensive of a treat (although still cheap). A bit bummed I just renewed, but not enough to cancel it.
        Last edited by Natalie A; Nov. 30, 2018, 09:53 PM.


        • #5
          What a shame. I suspect that will kill a large percentage of DT subscribers' renewals and ultimately hasten the scaling back of their dressage content even further.
          Evolutionary science by day; keeping a certain red mare from winning a Darwin award the rest of the time!


          • Original Poster

            Yes, me too. My me too, moment, will likely not renew. I do not want, need the jumping, ct stuff.
            Sad, will miss DT.


            • #7
              Hmmm... I'm a long-time subscriber and haven't gotten any notification.. How did it come?


              • #8
                Originally posted by emo View Post
                Hmmm... I'm a long-time subscriber and haven't gotten any notification.. How did it come?
                I'm a subscriber and haven't had any direct info either, it was a Facebook post on the DT page that was indeed very confusing. I think it was saying DT and PH were merging and also only being published quarterly, but someone may correct me on that. Not a good way to treat subscribers.


                • #9
                  Here is the announcement from the Dressage Today Facebook page:

                  An important message from Dressage Today's Jennifer Mellace:

                  "I’ve never been entirely comfortable with change. I personally don’t know many people who are. But I do know that with change comes exciting opportunities, and that’s what I want to share with you as we move forward into our next chapter.

                  For close to 25 years, Dressage Today arrived in your mailbox each month, bringing you hundreds of training articles coupled with stories that made you not just a subscriber but a valued part of the DT family. Today, our family, like any other, is growing and changing with the times. The biggest change is the merging of Dressage Today print with our sister publication, Practical Horseman. Some of you may be familiar with Prac, a monthly magazine that has brought how-to training, health and lifestyle articles to subscribers for more than 40 years. Now, this iconic training magazine will not only offer larger issues, but will also provide more in-depth dressage training features as well as some popular columns from DT, including “Clinic with Susanne von Dietze,” “Solutions” and “Tips from Trainers.” To do this, Practical Horseman will come to you quarterly, with spring, summer, fall and winter issues.

                  In addition, there are a ton of exciting things planned for to enhance the digital offerings, including a more robust online presence with articles, weekly podcasts with trainers and health experts, increased social-media coverage from our travels and, something I’m especially looking forward to working on—specific how-to training videos for our video subscription site. In fact, we just wrapped up a 12-week video series with longtime contributor and FEI trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel, who is just as excited as we are about bringing dressage to life for our subscribers.

                  'This is such an incredibly exciting step,' said Felicitas. 'We’ve been restricted to just words and some pictures, but pictures are always a little bit staged because you don’t know what happened in the stride before or after. I know that touch and feel can be part of learning and visualization is part of learning, too. I am very visual and when I see a really good rider I get very inspired and that visualization helps me to improve my riding. I hope we can do a similar thing for the audience.' We’ll be bringing the start of her series, 'Harmony is Not a Coincidence,' to video subscribers soon. If you aren’t familiar with our video site, be sure to check it out and sign up for a free month by going to

                  We’re excited about the future and hope you will join us in our journey."

                  For subscription questions, please contact our customer service department at or call (877) 717-8929 or (386) 447-6317.

                  Until next time,
                  Jennifer Mellace
                  Content Director,
                  Hindsight bad, foresight good.


                  • #10
                    Sad to say it is the sign of the times ---20 years ago I made a little extra money ($2-3K) a year writing freelance for the various equestrian based magazines --and I did photography too (think black and white developed in my own darkroom). That meshed nicely with my teaching job of photography and journalism. But I don't think I've written or submitted anything since 2005 (12 years). The market literally dried up. Publications merged, the same articles were used in two or three magazines, and of course photography went digital. I don't know if freelancers still exist --maybe they do in a new form called bloggers who earn money (somehow) through writing for the web. I still get two equestrian mags ---EQUUS and Practical Horseman --but honestly haven't learned anything new about horses in a while. Like everyone else, I read COTH!


                    • #11
                      Not surprised, DT had hardly any pages left to it as it was. Combining the two doesn't make for enough reading material for a monthly magazine? Bummer, I hate quarterly subscriptions, they seem to be the ones that never show up.

                      Don't see DT going digital is going to help them. I don't like digital anything (mostly because of crappy internet service and impossible download times), I still prefer a real magazine.

                      Maybe they should have asked why people weren't buying their magazines.

                      The old D&CT had incredible articles about actual training by very noted trainers and riders, I learned a lot from those magazines.

                      Back to getting horse magazines from Europe, expensive but they have good magazines still available.


                      • #12
                        I've had a DT subscription since Day One. But when I heard this (and not from DT directly), I cancelled my subscription, even though I had a year left on it. Not going to pay a year's price for only 4 issues, and I don't read digital magazines.


                        • #13
                          Follow the money!

                          I found out when my subscription arrived. I had just renewed and thought for a horrified moment that I had accidentally renewed the wrong magazine. Nope!
                          Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                          Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                          • #14
                            Well, if you really want to stick with them, for a MERE $36/month, they are offering on-line content - seriously! I have to say, after the last few magazines, I'd already made up my mind they weren't getting my $ anymore. I'm another who has been with them "since the beginning", and watched the slow and steady decline.

                            I think it is kind of BS that they haven't notified subscribers. But - then it is a big corporate magazine company, so what do we expect...

                            I think print media is suffering in general. I haven't seen many really good articles in ANY of the horse magazines I get in the past year.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by x-halt-salute View Post
                              What a shame. I suspect that will kill a large percentage of DT subscribers' renewals and ultimately hasten the scaling back of their dressage content even further.
                              Would that not negate the reason for the merger ? If that were the case it would have been better just to close down DT. I would think they are trying to provide economical dressage content and keep print subscribers. is going to be "enhanced".
                              Unfortunately print publications are no longer an economically viable product.
                              ... _. ._ .._. .._


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Equibrit View Post

                                Would that not negate the reason for the merger ? If that were the case it would have been better just to close down DT. I would think they are trying to provide economical dressage content and keep print subscribers. is going to be "enhanced".
                                Unfortunately print publications are no longer an economically viable product.
                                Indeed it would negate the official reason for the merger, but there's no way that a majority of people who paid for dressage specific content in magazine form are going to be happy enough with a general equestrian magazine and some online content that they'll keep renewing. I'm cynical enough to suspect that they may be shuffling staff and trying to retain some subscription dollars in the short term for financial reasons, without any real faith that it will keep the dressage side of their publication alive in the longer term.
                                Evolutionary science by day; keeping a certain red mare from winning a Darwin award the rest of the time!


                                • #17
                                  I remember doing the L program almost 30 years ago and Peter Lert was asked to float among the people the idea of a brand new magazine that was a break away from Practical Horseman--Dressage Today.

                                  Now they are merging again. It obviously is not cost efficient now with everything online.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    I really liked the Practical Horseman of the 70s. The format was different; the cover photo was from the feature article which was always the first one. There were fewer ads between the cover, index and that feature. At that time I did some jumping and eventing interested me back then (Poltroon!). Now the injuries and deaths in eventing put me off, and I no longer jump.


                                    • #19
                                      I loved the Practical Horseman of the 70s and 80s, which was not a general interest magazine but very focused on sport horses, both news and training tips. That old PH was more like today's COTH but a bit more training, and more on individual personalities than particular events. The new one doesn't hold my interest, which is probably a combination of my changing needs as well as their changing format.

                                      I couldn't wait for my horse magazines to arrive when I was a kid, but my daughter never developed an interest in the magazines. I don't know why that is exactly but my guess is it's indicative of larger trends where every day online content takes the place of that once a month magazine lifeline, in addition to the fact that fewer kids have horses and when they do they are more likely to be in full service environments.

                                      It's sad to me that things are changing but I'm part of the problem.
                                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


                                      • #20
                                        I received a letter from them and I am not even a subscriber. They did just recently solicit me for a $1 a month subscription. I have let most of my magazines expire and the only one I still get in print is EQUUS. That will not be renewed either.