New Online Resource for Michigan Horse Owners

Michigan equine enthusiasts, business owners, and local and state decision makers seeking information on horse-related topics will soon have a new online resource. Whether it's downloading information about local horse clubs or boarding facilities or referring to the economics associated with horses in a specific Michigan county, the HorsesCountinMichigan.com Web site will offer viewers a variety of resources.

The site will provide findings collected from the 2007 Michigan Equine Survey, the first comprehensive study of the state's horse, donkey and mule populations conducted in more than a decade. The site will also serve as an all-inclusive hub for equine resource materials and direct viewers to additional Web links for equine organizations and associations.

Data collected from the 2007 Michigan Equine Survey indicate that the state's equine population climbed nearly 20% since 1996, increasing from 133,000 animals to 155,000. The greatest number of equines is located in Oakland, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties, respectively. Equine operations across the state utilize 440,000 acres of land . The total value of assets, including barns, equipment, and supplies, is nearly $8 billion.

Currently, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) are analyzing the survey data to generate reports enumerating the contributions of the equine industry to the state's economy. Once completed, these reports will be made available for people to download from the Web site.

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