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National Day of the Horse


The American Horse Council (AHC) was pleased to recognize December 13th as National Day of the Horse.

In 2004, Congress designated December 13th as National Day of the Horse, and it has been celebrated each year since. The National Day of the Horse Resolution, passed in November 2004, was introduced by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Mike DeWine and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The day was established to encourage U.S. citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States.

“Horses have been inextricably linked to U.S. history and culture since its beginnings,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “They have contributed greatly to the advancement of our society from tilling the fields to grow crops for early settlers, rounding up livestock on ranches, and contributing $9.2 billion to the U.S. economy.”

“The AHC hopes that people will continue to recognize not only the importance of National Day of the Horse, but also the critical role that the AHC plays on their behalf in Washington, DC,” said AHC’s Director of Communications. “As such, we have a released a short video detailing the work the AHC does daily on behalf of all equines and equine owners in the United States.”

The AHC encouraged everyone to tell their personal stories of their equines and the joy they bring to people’s lives daily.
In the January 2021 issue of the Mid-South Horse Review, we relate some personal stories of how equines help improve people’s lives.

Horse Illustrated magazine offered 9 ways to celebrate the 2020 National Day of the Horse, which included helping a local equine rescue organization, increasing your horse care knowledge and improving your riding skills, to reading a good horse book.

 (photo courtesy Wine and Country magazine)

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