In 2012, the Kentucky Horse Council and the University of Kentucky, two organizations devoted to protecting and advancing the health of equines and equine agriculture, joined forces to conduct the Kentucky Equine Survey, a comprehensive, statewide survey of all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. A lot can happen in a decade, and regular measurement is vital to monitoring the state of Kentucky’s equine industry. Fast forward to 2022: KHC and UK, with support from many equine-affiliated organizations and spearheaded by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, have again partnered to measure and analyze core population, demographic and economic data in the state’s signature equine industry. In addition to this information, equine owners were asked for the first time about the age of their equine as well as their most-pressing equine health concerns.
The 2022 Kentucky Equine Survey is an essential component to keeping our equine agriculture community healthy. Its results can help identify areas of potential job creation and income expansion, both within the equine industry and in those businesses that support equine industry activities. Statewide and county-by-county information can be found in the links below.