Whitesburg KY

Horse owners/operators needed

A survey of Kentucky horse owners will estimate the number of horses in Kentucky by county, breed, and use. The Kentucky Equine Survey happens this year, and the survey team hopes to receive at least 17,000 names and addresses for the survey by its deadline of Feb. 17.

Kentucky proclaims itself “Horse Capital of the World,” yet it has been 35 years since there was an accurate count of the total number of equine in the state.

The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Kentucky Horse Council, and National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct a statewide equine study beginning in the summer of 2012. Results include a county-level estimate of the number of all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules, and their uses, as well as the economic impact of equinerelated activity across Kentucky.

Horse and facility owners may send their name, address, and phone number to nass-ky@nass.usda.gov and put “Kentucky Equine Survey” in the subject line. Or visit www.kentuckyhorse.org/KES-names/ and complete the form, which will be sent directly to NASS.

For more information on the project, visit https:// www2.ca.uk.edu/equine/ kyequinesurvey

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