7.2 Million Reasons Why Now Is The Time!

According to the 2017 Economic Impact Study conducted by the American Horse Council, there were an estimated 7.2 million horses in the United States, 30.5% or 38 million of U.S. households contained horse enthusiasts, and the spending by horse enthusiasts in their pursuit of horse events and recreation directly contributed over $50 billion to America’s Gross Domestic Product.

Yet, tens of thousands of horses are victims of abuse and neglect each year and there are just under 20,000 horses still being shipped across our borders for slaughter.

“We are asking all horse lovers to take the pledge here to show solidarity in support of America’s horses – that America’s horses enhance our lives and need our protection,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.


Pledge takers will also have the opportunity to win a luxury limited edition of CWD’s Classic Hunter Mademoiselle Saddle, valued at $8,550! Each individual who takes the pledge will have their own customized fundraising page to encourage donations from among their family, friends and associates if they wish to help us raise funds. Pledge takers who raise a minimum of $1,000 between now and August 31 will be entered into a drawing to win the CWD Saddle.

There’s More You Can Do! 7.2 Million in 2017 – What about now?

The American Horse Council has kicked off what could be one of the biggest studies in its more than 50 years with the 2023 National Economic Impact Study which opened April 3 and will run through September 29

The purpose of the census is to demonstrate the value of the equine industry in the national and state economies by analyzing the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of horse ownership, recreation, and equine-related services.

“The challenges of the last few years with the pandemic and its economic impacts on all aspects of our industry make the 2023 study all that more important and necessary,” states Dr. Rick Mitchell, Chairman of the AHC Board, and EQUUS Foundation Board member.

The EQUUS Foundation urges all horse owners and horse industry suppliers to participate.

If you have questions, contact American Horse Council President Julie Broadway at jbroadway@horsecouncil.org.

More information on the 2023 Economic Impact Study can be found on the AHC website at: https://horsecouncil.org/economic-impact-study/


ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America’s horses from peril and strengthening the bond between people and horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

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Contact: Lynn Coakley