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Celebrate National Day of the Horse on December 13

A day to recognize the horse's contributions to America was first designated in 2004.

December 12, 2012

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Day of the Horse For those who own, care for, love and admire equines, every day is a day of the horse. But December 13 is a special day to appreciate horses in the United States as it has been designated as National Day of the Horse since 2004.

The text of the resolution accepted by congress in 2004 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.

More on National Day of the Horse:
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Read our suggestions on celebrating in 2010

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

12/13/2012 11:53:01 PM

I had forgotten about this. But, I drove my horse in sub freezing temps today so I think that counts!

Lauren    Pleasanton, CA

12/13/2012 6:37:12 PM

I heard about this through the emails I get from HorseChannel.com. I took a stuffed horse with me to all my classes and to the children I work with. Everyone loved it; thanks for letting me know! <3

Syd    Monti, MN

12/13/2012 3:59:51 PM

How cool! I never knew that there was a national day of the horse!

Stacey    Central, FL

12/13/2012 1:56:29 PM

This is awesome -- I had no idea there was a National Day of the Horse, nonetheless one that is recognized by the U.S. government!! :D

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