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Vogue announced its special-edition Kendall Jenner issue this week. Most of the images in the spread are standard pictures of her modeling clothes, but one did gallop to the front of our mind:

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Photo: Vogue/Mario Testino

By itself, this image of Kendall atop a horse isn't that noteworthy, but what about when bunched with Jennifer Lawrence's almost entirely equestrian-themed spread?

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Or that time Vogue just skipped the models altogether and featured a famous horse — Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah — in its own spread?

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A preponderance for horses doesn't escape Vogue. The publication has a whole gallery dedicated to the horses it's featured in its pages — it's 23 slides long and doesn't include the three that we've already mentioned! "The beauty and grace of these magnificent creatures has often been celebrated in the pages of the magazine," the post reads.

That's the best explanation we can hope for from Vogue's end. We reached out tothe mag hoping to understand what it loved so much about horses and it declined to comment. Our best guess is that Anna Wintour just loves these types of elite, monied sports, like horseback riding or polo, the tennis of horses.

In the past, Vogue has lined up these majestic creatures next to models Gisele Bündchen (twice!), Kate Upton, Caroline Trentini, and Natalia Vodianova. A drawing of a horse even covered the magazine in 1927.

There is a bit of a theme here with stylists. Tonne Goodman styled three of these shoots, including Upton's, Lawrence's, and Bündchen's. Kendall's was styled by Sara Moonves, who funnily enough just worked a Western-themed shoot for Vogue Hommes Paris that also features a (fake) horse.

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