Celebrate National Day of the Horse

In 2004, Congress recognized the Official National Day of the Horse as December 13. This year marks the 10th official celebration of horses and the equine industry throughout the U.S
Some interesting horse facts:

  • There are 9.2 million horses in the United States, 75 million in the whole world
  • 4.6 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers
  • There are 698,000 horses in California, over 70 percent of which are involved in showing and recreation
  • The average horse weighs about half a ton and its brain is the size of a baked potato
  • Horses cannot breathe through their mouths
  • Some of the closest equine family relatives are tapirs and the rhinoceros
  • A horse can poop up to 14 times a day, but it cannot vomit
  • Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years
  • Human hair, fingernails and horse hooves are made from the same protein
  • The riderless horse with backwards facing boots in the stirrups seen in military funerals is a tradition dating back to Genghis Khan