Editorial Policy

Our editorial and ethics policies are based upon our own original work, and others that have paved the way before us. Our policies are designed to reflect The Horse Review’s primary original, sporting and resource-based content model.

We recognize horse lovers' passion for their animals, their sports, land, and relationships. With an interactive and unbiased voice, we inform, delight, and enlighten the southern horse community every month with informative articles and features on equine arts, health, training, equine ownership and management, equine sporting event recaps, and all aspects of human relationships and lifestyles with horses.   

Readers relate to the Mid-South Horse Review because the team of editors and writers are knowledgeable horse people with decades of experience. We put professionalism and creativity into every published piece of photography, content, and eye-catching design.  

Verification and Fact-Checking Standards  

Mid-south Horse Review authors have primary responsibility for reporting, writing, and fact-checking their stories. Stories are subject to review by one or more editors. The number of editors who review a story prior to publication and the extent of their involvement varies depending on a range of factors, including complexity, sensitivity, and the pressure of time.  

Ownership Structure  

The Horse Review dba is owned by Ford Abbott Media, LLC, which is owned and operated by Publisher & CEO M. Lauren Abbott since June 29, 2022. Mid-South Horse Review was founded in 1992.  

Corrections Policy  

The Horse Review strives for accurate and complete articles. We strive to be prompt and responsive in correcting errors in material published in print & digital platforms. If we are substantively correcting an article, photo caption, headline, graphic, video, or other material, we will denote the correction that has been made with the word “UPDATED” followed by a date and timestamp at the bottom of the article. For grammatical errors, updates may be made without notice.  

Take-down (Unpublish) Requests  

Because of the ease with which our published content can be searched and retrieved online, even years after publication, content can sometimes appear outdated. As a result, we are sometimes asked to take down (or “unpublish”) articles from our website.  

As a matter of editorial policy, we do not grant take-down requests. If the subject claims that the story was inaccurate, we will investigate and, if necessary, publish a correction. There may also be situations in which fairness demands an update or follow-up coverage. For each take-down request, we will consider whether further editorial action is warranted, but we will not remove the article as though it had never been published.  

Inclusion of Advertisers  

We write what we believe our audience wants to read and from a voice consistent with our publication. The people, services and businesses featured in Mid-South Horse Review articles are determined by our editorial team at its sole discretion. We may organically include advertisers in unbiased content due to news, events, and happenings in the region. We partner with all equine businesses that endorse ethical, safe, healthy, and positive equine and equestrian sports, lifestyle, and animal ownership.  

We also encourage our readers and audience to interact with our advertisers as we see our partners’ ads as a benefit to both our company and our readers. We do not accept advertising from companies that we feel are not ethical and that will not benefit our readers. We are not compensated for favorable reviews; however, we may include affiliate links for products, in which case we make note of the presence of affiliate links.  

What is “Sponsored Content and Paid Advertising Advertorials”?  

We feature sponsored content and paid advertising advertorials, which is content partners create that we feel will benefit our audience with either educational thought leadership or promotional content promoting partner’s products and services that benefit our readers and or horses. All sponsored content and paid advertising are clearly marked “sponsored or paid.” If you are an advertiser who is interested in partnering with us to publish sponsored or paid content, please email labbott@midsouthhorsereview.com. We do partner with nonprofits and associations with affiliate links.  

The Horse Review Ethics Policy  

  • Conduct yourself — both on and off the job — in ways that enhance the Mid-South Horse Review’s credibility and character.  
  • When interacting on social media, engage in conduct in a professional manner to uphold the high standards of the Mid-South Horse Review.  
  • Show respect for individual human and animal dignity, with an aim to minimize the harm that can result from your writing.  
  • Avoid financial arrangements and other activities that will create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict for Mid-South Horse Review. Let the audience know any information about yourself or your content that might affect its understanding of your work.  
  • Raise and discuss potential problems of any kind in advance whenever possible, including questions about ethics, sources, and coverage.  
  • Never pass off another person’s work as your own. Give credit and abide by copyright laws when using material from other sources.  
  • Examine your own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others. Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or social status.  
  • We reserve the right to add to update this ethics policy as technology changes. However, our principle will remain at the center of everything Mid-South Horse Review does historically and will continue to do.  

Got a great story idea?  

If you have a fantastic tip or article idea that you think we need to know please submit using the form below. Please let us know if you are pitching the idea as a PR professional, a writer, or simply an interested reader with a great idea. Thank you!  


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