There are almost more than seven million horses in America. This includes horses used for recreation, showing, racing, breeding, farming, ranching, rodeo, polo and police work. Studies show that the horse industry is growing and with almost 6.9 million horses alive - that places the horse industry higher than transportation and motion picture services (Hogue-Davies, 2004.) Therefore, the horse industry offers a wide range of career opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in horse-related fields are growing and equine graduates are in high demand.

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The AAEP's mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. These principles have guided the AAEP for more than 50 years in the activities and services it provides. The Equine Science Society Visit
The Equine Science Society promotes quality research on equine nutrition and physiology and strives to establish effective communication among researchers, teachers, extension, and production personnel regarding equine nutrition and physiology. Visit
The American Equestrian Alliance is a national, not-for-profit association of ... and Equestrian contracts, waivers, releases, legal forms, risk management Visit
The National HBPA is dedicated to protecting the rights and providing assistance to racehorse owners & trainers Visit
We are committed to long-term solutions that will enable us to protect and promote the Thoroughbred industry. We strive to increase our influence on issues that impact our industry locally, nationally, and internationally. Visit
Representing a crossbred of the Arabian and the American Saddlebred. Information, registry updates, horses for sale and at stud, and clubs. Visit
Promoting and preserving the naturally gaited Tennessee Walking Horse. Includes contacts, rules, membership information, awards information Visit
Official website of the NBHA offers information on the sport, regional and local competition, World and National show events and results, plus links to affiliated ... Visit
Official breed registry and membership association for the American Quarter Horse. Includes information on programs sponsored by the AQHA including Youth Visit