College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources | Agricultural & Resource Economics | Animal Science | Equine Program

 

Horse ownership in Connecticut is best described as a
personal recreational activity. Respondents were asked
to rate the reasons for owning a horse on a scale of
1 (least important) to 5 (most important). The first bar
corresponds to companionship. About 71% rated this
as the most important reason for owning a horse, while
18% considered it the second most important reason.
Similarly, the second bar shows that personal and family
use and recreation are considered most important by
67%. Work, racing and source of income are the least
important reasons for most people.



* Based on the American Horse Council Foundation’s study in 2005

Annual Horse Owner Expenses


Feeding
Bedding
Repair
Veterinary Services
Blacksmith/Farrier
Insurance
Manure Removal
Utilities
Rent of Land
Equipment
Tack
Boarding
Supplies
Show
Training
Other

Average
$2,187
$706
$1,175
$1,185
$1,203
$675
$433
$249
$143
$646
$874
$5,016
$363
$1,458
$1,766
$2,609

 

  • The majority of horses in Connecticut are 6-18 years of age

 

  • The most popular breeds in Connecticut include Qarter Horses, grade horses, and Arabians

  • Over half of owners in CT do not board their horses

  • Horses are kept on an average of 13 acres of land, 7 acres owned by the horse owner, the rest leased

  • Horse owners expressed concern about access to greenways and trails

  • Horse owners travel on average 4 miles to ride, 11 miles for trails, 21 miles for camping, 70 miles for shows/competition