AHC releases results of 2023 National Equine Economic Impact Study

The horse industry continues to impact many sectors despite a decrease in the equine population.

The American Horse Council (AHC) recently released the findings of its highly anticipated 2023 Equine Economic Impact Survey. The results shed a light on the significant and robust contributions of the equine industry to the U.S. economy.

The survey offers a comprehensive overview of the economic impact and trends within the equine sector and highlights how it reaches far beyond the pastures and ranch land across the country.


Key highlights of the survey include:

  1. Diverse Economic Sectors Impacted: $177 billion. That’s the total value added in 2023 from the equine industry, up from $122 billion in 2017. The equine industry’s ripple effect extends beyond the traditional sectors, influencing a broad spectrum of industries. From agriculture and tourism to veterinary services and technology, the survey showcase the interconnectedness of the equine world with other economic realms
  2. Employment Boost: The survey reveals a substantial impact on employment with 2.2 million jobs linked both directly and indirectly to the equine sector. Not only are breeders, trainers, veterinarians and farriers represented, but so are truck drivers, nutritionists, chemists, police officers and journalists.
  3. Slight Downshift in Population: While there is a slight downshift in the total population of horses from 2023 (6.6 million) compared to 2017 (7.2 million), that’s only a slight consideration when compared to the growing numbers in jobs and expenditures.

Demonstrating value

The purpose of the survey 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.

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Data collected will inform public and private investments in equine-related businesses, equine health care, education, land use decisions, tax policy, tourism, employment incentives, etc.

The AHC expresses gratitude to all participants, stakeholders and partners who contributed to the success of the 2023 Equine Economic Impact Survey. The results not only underscore the industry’s economic significance, but also serve as a foundation for informed decision-making and strategic planning within the equine community.

‘Effective tool’

“The Economic Impact Study is the most effective tool in our advocacy quiver,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “When the industry needs to take aim at an issue, this data is invaluable in helping us paint the picture of the contributions the industry makes and the breath & depth of its composition.”

The 2023 Equine Economic Impact Study can be purchased as a digital download from the AHC website: https://horsecouncil.org/economic-impact-study. Any questions can be addressed to American Horse Council President Julie Broadway at [email protected]

About the American Horse Council

As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities.




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