U.S. Equine Populations
 

Region 

State 

Census: Number  Horses and Ponies1 on Farms  (Thousand Head) 

Census: Number Farms Reporting Horses and Ponies1  (Thousand Farms) 

NASS: Number  Equine2 - All Locations (Thousand Head) 

1992 

2002 

1992 

2002 

January 1, 2003 

Central  Illinois 

46.1 

51.7 

7.3 

7.6 

99.0 

  Indiana 

48.1 

58.6 

8.4 

9.2 

140.0 

  Kansas 

42.9 

52.8 

9.7 

10.6 

104.0 

  Michigan 

54.0 

66.2 

7.8 

9.1 

130.0 

  Minnesota 

43.1 

55.9 

7.7 

8.8 

155.0 

  Missouri 

64.6 

85.7 

14.2 

15.9 

140.0 

  Wisconsin 

43.6 

52.4 

8.1 

8.8 

115.0 

  Total 

342.4 

423.3 

63.2 

70.0 

883.0 

Northeast  New Jersey 

23.9 

22.6 

2.5 

2.3 

45.0 

  New York 

43.3 

47.8 

6.4 

6.5 

157.0 

  Ohio 

72.0 

76.2 

10.9 

11.7 

155.0 

  Pennsylvania 

58.0 

65.1 

9.2 

9.9 

165.0 

  Total 

197.2 

211.7 

29.0 

30.4 

522.0 

Southern  Alabama 

29.7 

42.5 

5.7 

7.4 

130.0 

  Florida 

52.0 

54.9 

6.7 

6.8 

170.0 

  Georgia 

31.1 

35.3 

5.6 

5.9 

69.0 

  Kentucky 

78.1 

95.9 

12.4 

13.4 

150.0 

  Louisiana 

28.0 

30.1 

5.1 

5.3 

65.0 

  Maryland 

24.3 

22.5 

2.8 

2.6 

45.0 

  Oklahoma 

70.0 

93.7 

14.9 

18.4 

165.0 

  Tennessee 

61.1 

89.0 

12.4 

15.3 

185.0 

  Texas 

209.1 

242.0 

38.5 

44.2 

595.0 

  Virginia 

44.0 

50.3 

7.1 

7.5 

145.0 

  Total 

627.4 

756.2 

111.2 

126.8 

1,719.0 

Western  California 

124.9 

113.1 

15.0 

13.0 

235.0 

  Colorado 

69.4 

81.7 

9.9 

11.2 

140.0 

  Montana 

56.4 

71.2 

8.2 

10.2 

130.0 

  New Mexico 

41.4 

38.8 

5.7 

5.9 

64.0 

  Oregon 

51.9 

68.3 

9.2 

10.7 

120.0 

  Washington 

51.1 

58.8 

7.9 

8.1 

155.0 

  Wyoming 

40.7 

50.6 

4.5 

5.3 

61.0 

  Total 

435.8 

482.5 

60.4 

64.4 

905.0 

Total (28 states) 

1,602.8 (78.2% of US) 

1,873.7 (77.2% of US) 

263.8 (78.0% of US) 

291.6 (77.7% of US) 

4,029.0 (76.7% of US) 

Total U.S. (50 states) 

2,049.5 

2,427.3 

338.3 

375.2 

5,250.4 


1 Horses and ponies and farms reporting horses and ponies.  Source:  Census of Agriculture 1992 and 2002.

2  "Equine" includes horses, ponies, mules, burros, and donkeys.  Equines located on farms totaled 3.20 million head and 2.05 million head were located on non-farm places.  Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), March 2, 2003.

3. While the census reported the above table total of 5.2 million equines, the total estimate of equines in the U.S. is being reported as 6.9 million animals (the census only takes into account officially reporting venues). 725,000 horses are involved in the race industry, 1,974,000 are involved in showing, and another 2,970,000 are used for recreation. The remaining 1,262,000 are used in other activities (including farming)


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