A Closer Look at the AHC Foundation 2017 Economic Impact Study

The equine competition, racing, and recreation sectors are the primary economic drivers, but the working horse sector also contributes.
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Working horses—those used in mounted police units—account for 8% of the U.S. equine population. | Photo: iStock

While the equine industry as a whole generates approximately $122 billion in total economic value, it’s commonly thought that the “big three”—competition, racing, and recreation—are the primary economic drivers. However, in its 2017 Economic Impact Study of the U.S. Horse Industry, the American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) felt it was also important to evaluate another sector of the industry’s economic impact: working horses

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The American Horse Council was organized in 1969 to represent the horse industry in Washington before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies. It is a nonprofit corporation that represents all segments of the equine industry.

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