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What percent of the United States Population own horses?

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  • What percent of the United States Population own horses?

    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?

  • #2
    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
    Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


    • #3
      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.

      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


      • #4
        Found this link, with 2006 horse population in the USA at 9,500,000.


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


        • #5
          Originally posted by Wonders12 View Post
          2/3rds of horse owners have more than 1 horse
          I'm behind the curve. Must get a second horse ASAP.


          • #6
            Guilherme, you're off by a factor of 10. It's 0.21%.


            • #7
              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.

              I Loff My Quarter Horse & I love Fenway Bartholomule cliques

              Just somebody with a positive outlook on life...go ahead...hate me for that.


              • #8
                Originally posted by gully's pilot View Post
                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.

                Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


                • #9
                  Check out the American Horse Council. They may have stats.



                  • #10
                    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:

                    horses are at 1.8%


                    • Original Poster

                      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.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Guilherme View Post
                        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, 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.