First Horse Count In 35 Years Getting Underway

Jun 20, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky is the self-proclaimed “Horse Capital of the World,” but just how many horses actually live in the state? A new study aims to answers that question along with a host of other questions about the state’s equine industry.

Jill Stowe will be overseeing the University of Kentucky’s role in the survey.

"A study this comprehensive was completed in 1977, which was the year that Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown and Jimmy Carter was president," Stowe notes.

The Kentucky Equine Survey is a large-scale collaboration involving UK, a grant from the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, and industry donations. Stowe says the results will help policymakers and business owners.

"About a year ago I was contacted by a vet in Shelby County who was interested in expanding his business and he wanted to know how many horses were in Shelby County to determine if there was enough demand to do that and at that time we couldn't give him that answer, but after this study we will be able to give an estimate," she says. 

Stowe says 15,000 questionnaires will soon be sent to horse owners across the state.