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Horses in the United States of America

Horses are among the most fascinating and influential animals in the history of the United States of America. They have played a vital role in the development of the nation, from the exploration of the frontier to the transportation of goods and people, from the warfare and diplomacy to the recreation and sports. Horses have also shaped the culture and identity of various groups of Americans, such as Native Americans, cowboys, ranchers, farmers, and equestrians.

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According to the latest data available from the American Horse Council, there are approximately 7.2 million horses in the United States as of 2016. This number has declined from 9.2 million in 2008, reflecting the economic and social changes that have affected the horse industry. The majority of horses in the country are used for recreational purposes (3.9 million), followed by showing (2.7 million), racing (1.3 million), and other activities (0.4 million). The horse industry contributes about $50 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product and supports about 1.4 million full-time jobs.

The history of horses in the United States is complex and diverse. Horses evolved in the Americas around four million years ago, but they became extinct around 10,000 years ago, possibly due to climate change, overhunting, or disease. They were reintroduced by Spanish explorers and colonists in the 16th century, who brought horses from Europe and Africa. Some of these horses escaped or were stolen by Native Americans, who quickly adopted them as a source of transportation, hunting, warfare, and trade. Horses transformed the lives and cultures of many Native American tribes, especially those in the Great Plains, who became skilled horsemen and warriors.

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Horses also played a significant role in the expansion of the United States westward, as they enabled settlers, traders, missionaries, and soldiers to travel across vast distances and harsh terrains. Horses were essential for farming, mining, logging, and ranching, as well as for mail delivery, stagecoach transportation, and railroad construction. Horses were also involved in many conflicts and wars, such as the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, the Indian Wars, and World War I. Horses were gradually replaced by automobiles and other machines in the 20th century, but they remained popular for leisure and entertainment purposes.

Today, horses are still valued and admired by many Americans for their beauty, intelligence, strength, and spirit. They are involved in various sports and competitions, such as racing, show jumping, dressage, polo, rodeo, endurance riding, and eventing. They are also used for therapeutic and educational purposes, such as equine-assisted therapy, hippotherapy, equine-facilitated learning, and equine-assisted psychotherapy. Horses are also part of many cultural events and traditions, such as parades, festivals, fairs, rodeos, movies, books, art, and music.

Horses are more than just animals; they are part of the American heritage and identity. They have shaped the history and society of the nation in profound ways. They have also enriched the lives and experiences of millions of Americans who love and care for them.

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