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Manes&Tails
May. 9, 2010, 10:54 PM
I have searched the web and can't find the answer to my question.

Does anyone know the answer?

My father said only 1% of people in the USA own horses, I think he is wrong?

Wonders12
May. 9, 2010, 11:16 PM
Well according to my college class (taken last semester) these are the numbers I have. However, I have no clue where these stats came from, so take that for what it's worth:

Horses peaked in 1915 with 21,431,000 horses in the US
1960 was the lowest number at 3,089,000

6.9 million horses in the US
It's a $11.2 billion/year industry

7.1 million people involved in the equine industry

There are active riders in 10% of US households

97% of people have their horses for pleasure

2/3rds of horse owners have more than 1 horse
15% have more than 5 horses

Guilherme
May. 10, 2010, 01:50 AM
If there are 7,000,000 million horses in the U.S. and 320,000,000 people in the U.S. that means that the maximum percentage of people owning horses is .021%.

I've heard that there U.S. equine population is, in fact, closer to 20,000,000. If that is true then the maximum percentage rises to .063%.

We are not so common as we think we are. :no:

G.

goodhors
May. 10, 2010, 02:04 AM
Found this link, with 2006 horse population in the USA at 9,500,000.

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/archives/2007/09/105.shtml

However the horse population has an immense trickle-down effect on many industries and farm related products. Means horse folks spend LOTS of money!

BeaSting
May. 10, 2010, 06:11 AM
2/3rds of horse owners have more than 1 horse

I'm behind the curve. Must get a second horse ASAP.

gully's pilot
May. 10, 2010, 08:12 AM
Guilherme, you're off by a factor of 10. It's 0.21%.

equineartworks
May. 10, 2010, 08:36 AM
Here is a link to an aged study about the impact of NYS Horse Industry. There is a current one posted at Cornell Equine Hospital and I lost the link to the 2005 study.

Horses are big business in NYS yet you wouldn't know it unless you are a horse person.

http://nyshc.org/pages/economicimpactofnyhorseind.html

Guilherme
May. 10, 2010, 09:04 AM
Guilherme, you're off by a factor of 10. It's 0.21%.

Never claimed to be a math whiz! ;)

Still, the original question was whether or not we made 1%; we don't. That's a stark reality.

G.

xQHDQ
May. 10, 2010, 10:26 AM
Check out the American Horse Council. They may have stats.

www.horsecouncil.org

LexusBoBexus
May. 10, 2010, 10:58 AM
More Stats (2007):

From the AVMA:

Dogs Cats Birds Horses
Percent of households owning 37.2% 32.4% 3.9% 1.8%
Number of households owning 43,021,000 37,460,000 4,453,000 2,087,000
Average number owned per household 1.7 2.2 2.5 3.5
Total number in United States 72,114,000 81,721,000 11,199,000 7,295,000

Okay, nothing is lining up, so go here:
http://www.avma.org/reference/marketstats/ownership.asp

horses are at 1.8%

Manes&Tails
May. 10, 2010, 12:55 PM
We had better get our horse owners rating up before Obama claims they are worthless like the wild horses and has them killed. I am very serious. How many of us on this forum will own horses after Obama has done is damage on the whole economy, mushless the equine industry. Here today, gone tomorrow!

The ecomony is really scaring me, if a civial war breaks out in the US, what to do about feed, hay, trucks big enough to pull trailers still produced, etc.

00pisces
May. 10, 2010, 01:36 PM
If there are 7,000,000 million horses in the U.S. and 320,000,000 people in the U.S. that means that the maximum percentage of people owning horses is .021%.

I've heard that there U.S. equine population is, in fact, closer to 20,000,000. If that is true then the maximum percentage rises to .063%.

We are not so common as we think we are. :no:

G.


No, it's 2 percent. 7 million divided by 320 million = 0.0218, or 2 percent. I think the decimal is throwing you, but it's easy to see how 160 million horses is fifty percent, right? Then do this: 160/320=.50. Fifty percent.