The horse population in the United States has historically continued to decline over time, after it reached an all-time high in 1915, with around 26 million horses. By 1960, the US horse population was estimated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be approximately 3 million. This equine population decrease is typically accredited to the mechanization of what used to be the primary uses for horses: agriculture and transportation. After 1960, the equine population wasn’t tracked as closely since horses were mainly only used for personal and recreational purposes. Statistics by the American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) state that were 9.2 million horses in 2003, mainly used for commercial purposes, such as racing and showing.
More about horses in the US:
- Texas is the state with the most horses, with over 978,000, according to 2005 AHCF findings.
- The horse industry is estimated to contribute $102 billion US Dollars (USD) to the US economy each year.
- The AHCF found that the US is the country with the most horses, followed by China with 7 million horses, according to 2005 findings.