Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Texas Department of Agriculture supported a study conducted by the Texas A&M Equine Initiative and Texas A&M AgriLife Research to assess the economic impact of the Texas equine industry. This study was also supported by Mr. Bobby Cox and other industry leaders.
The purpose of the study was to gather information about respondents’ horses and facilities, demographics, participation in the industry, horse-related expenditures and economic impacts. Results of this study will be used by industry representatives, the Texas Department of Agriculture and other policy makers to respond to current needs of the state’s horse owners and related businesses.
Studies by other researchers in 1998 and 2005 found that Texas was home to more horses than any other U.S. state and that the horse industry was an important contributor to the state’s economy.
The current study reflects changes within the industry and the statewide economy over the past 10 to 20 years.
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