Horses in Arkansas
- Arkansas has an approximate equine population of 160,000.
- Sixty thousand households have horses.
- A combination of horse maintenance costs, capital investment, and support costs makes this a $3.5 billion industry.
Recreation is the number one reason for horse ownership, with trail riding, weekend horse shows, and rodeo events as the leading pastimes. Although there is a thoroughbred race track that contributes to the local economy seasonally through training facilities and on-site wagering, there are a number of thoroughbred breeding farms that operate year-round in the state. Horse publications are available by contacting your county Extension office.
Equine Extension Programs - Adult and Youth
Horsemen's Short Course
Work with county agents to organize multi-meeting training sessions customized for clientele interest. Subject matter choices included nutrition, health care, facility design, training principles, reproduction, horse psychology and behavior, hoof care, and equine law. Learn more
Producer and/or Owner Meetings
These meetings are scheduled when requested by county agents, producers, riding clubs, and breed organizations.
These clinics are designed specifically for the needs of a particular county or riding group.
Equine Handling and Well Being
These seminars help horse rescue groups and law enforcement not only learn how to care for neglected horses, but also how to handle them during transport and at the facility.