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December 13 is National Day of the Horse in the United States

Americans recognize the contribution of horses to American history and modern culture.

12-Dec-09

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In 2004, Congress recognized the first official National Day of the Horse.  The text of the resolution states:

Encouraging citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States and expressing the sense of Congress that a National Day of the Horse should be established.

Whereas the horse is a living link to the history of the United States;

Whereas, without horses, the economy, history, and character of the United States would be profoundly different;

Whereas horses continue to permeate the society of the United States, as witnessed on movie screens, on open land, and in our own backyards;

Whereas horses are a vital part of the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion;

Whereas, because of increasing pressure from modern society, wild and domestic horses rely on humans for adequate food, water, and shelter; and

Whereas the Congressional Horse Caucus estimates that the horse industry contributes well over $100,000,000,000 each year to the economy of the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--

(1) encourages all citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States;

(2) expresses its sense that a National Day of the Horse should be established in recognition of the importance of horses to the Nation's security, economy, recreation, and heritage; and

(3) urges the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States and interested organizations to observe National Day of the Horse with appropriate programs and activities.

On the fifth anniversary of the first official National Day of the Horse, horse enthusiasts are encouraged to celebrate the horse's contribution to the United States.

According to the American Horse Council:

  • There are 9.2 million horses in the United States.
  • 4.6 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers.
  • 2 million people own horses.
  • The horse industry has a direct economic effect on the U.S.of $39 billion annually.
  • The industry has a $102 billion impact on the U.S.economy when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account.
  • The industry directly provides 460,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

Further Reading
2010 National Day of the Horse

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Bobbi    Yardley, PA

12/3/2014 10:16:04 PM

OMG - This is sooo unbelievable. I never realized there was a 'Day of the Horse'. It is truly amazing because when I got married, I told my intended that: 'Horses come 1st, then you', with the disclaimer that if he didn't like it..then he shouldn't marry me! Well, guess what are wedding anniversary is? December 14th..I can't wait to send him this link..This IS Priceless! Thank you for posting..you've made my whole next 2 weeks!

Lynne    Wathena, KS

10/29/2014 11:49:37 AM

I love the idea of Day of the Horse. I also agree with "Kay" that having it during a warmer season would allow more opportunities for advocates to celebrate it. I live in Kansas, and December is not a friendly time to plan horse events.

lyndaroux    Sarasota, FL

12/12/2011 3:43:03 PM

The horse is an important part of our history, I believe some have forgotten what the Horse represents. They are the back bone of our Country. They was our only means of transportation, they plowed our fields to food on our families tables and fought in the war of battle. Tomorrow is my
B-Day and will be @ the Barn with my Horse Celebrating his life! The best gift I could ever have.

Crystal    Perryville, AR

11/15/2010 12:30:24 PM

I love it, I have enjoyed showing horses my whole life and always said horses have been a major part of history. Also wonderful it falls on my birthday!!!

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