According to an Auburn University survey, more than 44,000 Alabama households are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. Even more participate as spectators. Nearly every county has some type of useful event facility, a local horse association and a regular pattern of equine events, shows or competitions.
The equine industry is extremely important to Alabama’s economy, as it directly produces goods and services valued exceeding $573 million. Furthermore, the equine industry has an impact of almost $1 billion on the Alabama economy when the multiplier effect of spending by owners, industry suppliers and employees is taken into account. These numbers are more than likely even higher when accounting for off-site spending during equine related events in the state.
The Equine Division works with other state agencies and non-profit organizations to promote equine use and production. Those groups include the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Alabama Horse Council and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.