In 1988 the Idaho Horse Council commissioned the University of Idaho to conduct and publish a horse census and economic impact statement. The I.H.C. has made a commitment to update the equine census every five years.
A 2010 study to determine the size of the equine industry in Idaho was conducted by the Social Science Research Unit at the University of Idaho and funded by the Idaho Horse Council and the Idaho Horse Board.
Idaho Equine Facts 2010
- Idaho has an estimated 210, 000 equine, including riding horses, draft horses, ponies, miniature horses, donkey, mules, wild horses and other equine.
- Equine owners paid over $48 million in salaries to full and part time workers for the care and training of their equine.
- Equine owners had a total of $1.6 billion in assets related to their equine, including the value of the equine, barns, and equipment.
- Over 4 million acres in Idaho are devoted to the use and care of equine.
- On average, households with equine owned five equine.
- The Idaho Horse Expo is held each April at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, ID. The Horse Expo promotes the horse industry and western lifestyle, and is a great attraction for horse enthusiasts and the general public alike.
- The state horse of Idaho, the Appaloosa, is derived from horses bred by the Nez Perce tribe in North Idaho and Eastern Washington. The breed was revitalized in the 1930s and the Appaloosa Horse Club has registered over 635, 000 horses
Equine-owners in Idaho show an estimated total more than $1.6 billion in assets related to their horses and other equine. Expenditures associated with equine owners totaled $183 million dollars in Idaho in 2005, including $55 million dollars to the agricultural industry for hay, straw and grain, $19 million dollars to the veterinary industry, $13.6 million dollars for farrier expenses and $13.5 million dollars for training.
How is the Mn Horse expo?
I wanted to go the big azz world horse expo and didn't make it (yet). I did manage to go to the Peruvian Paso Nationals in Tx, years ago. It was a blast!!!! I still have a T shirt from it. I refuse to throw it out. lol.
A few hundred years ago I went to the Kansas City Royal. :D
No I didn't go to ride, I was totally a spectator. It was a good thing, I'd have fell off a lot due to all my rubber necking.
I know of one place you might be
Able to volunteer.
Have you ever attended the MN Horse Expo? It is held every year (3rd weekend in April) at the MN State Fairgrounds.
One year, I volunteered to walk horses for the children's pony rides. It just consisted of walking around and around, leading a horse with kids on them.
This would at least give you an opportunity to meet some other horse-centric people. Express your interest in volunteering, and get to know some people in the horse world.
I can find you a link if you are interested?