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When is National Horse Day? (History & Facts)

Horses are an important part of many people’s lives. From showing, racing, pleasure, companionship and work, horses play a special role in our lives and deserve to be recognized.

National Horse Day is celebrated every year in the United States on December 13. Put into order on November 18, 2004, the United States Senate Resolution 452 honors horses’ contribution to the USA.

In essence, National Horse Day was created as a day for us humans to reflect and be thankful for the role horses play in our lives and society. See below what the resolution formally means and how you can celebrate it.

The National Day of Horse Resolution

The National Day of Horse Resolution was set into action by Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike DeWine (R-OH), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

The National Day of Horse Resolution resolution states:

“Designating December 13, 2004, as National Day of the Horse and encouraging the people of the United States to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States.

  • Whereas the horse is a living link to the history of the United States;
  • Whereas without horses, the economy, history, and character of the United States would be profoundly different;
  • Whereas horses continue to permeate the society of the United States, as witnessed on movie screens, on open land, and in our own backyards;
  • Whereas horses are a vital part of the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion;
  • Whereas because of increasing pressure from modern society, wild and domesticc horses rely on humans for adequate food, water, and shelter; and
  • Whereas the Congressional Horse Caucus estimates that the horse industry contributes much more than 100,000,000,000 each year to the economy of the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate–
  1. designates December 13, 2004, as “National Day of the Horse”, in recognition of the importance of horses to the security, economy, recreation, and heritage of the United States;
  2. encourages all people of the United States to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States; and
  3. requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States and interested organizations to observe the day with appropriate programs and Activities.”

Ways to Celebrate National Day of the Horse

Whether you are a horse owner or simply just love these majestic creatures, there are many ways you can celebrate National Day of the Horse.

  • Plan a trail ride with some of your barn buddies.
  • Donate to your favorite equine rescue.
  • Advocate and raise awareness for horse welfare.
  • Spoil your horse with their favorite horse treats or buy them a stall toy.
  • Watch your favorite horse movie or read your favorite horse book.
  • Consider joining Time to Ride to help educate and teach young kids about horses.
  • Wash your brushes and saddle pad so your horse will be extra clean and comfy next time you ride.
  • Give your horse a spa day by grooming them for longer than normal.
  • Take a lounge lesson to sharpen your skills.
  • Set riding goals for the show season.

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