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About the American Horse Council

Protect your investment! No one involved with the horse industry should be without the Horse Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook. Topics include business v. hobby with important court case decisions, record keeping, accounting, & depreciation!

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Now more than ever, it is vital for the AHC Foundation to update the Economic Impact Study for the U.S. Horse Industry. This study is critical to ensuring our equines and the equine industry gets the recognition it deserves! Help us reach the finish line in our fundraising, and donate today!

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was formed in 1991 out of the need to encourage the support of worthwhile charitable, scientific and educational projects of interest and benefit to the American horse industry. We are seeking to update our incredibly im...

The AHC has joined with more than 200 organizations to send one, strong message to President Donald J. Trump and the The White House – rebuild infrastructure in rural America. American agriculture feeds the world and creates millions of jobs for U.S. workers.

The ability of rural communities to produce and transport food effectively depends not only on transportation improvements, but also on rural families’ access to broadband internet, affordable electricity, clean water and much more. Read and share this letter to support the mission to #RebuildRural:

In honor of #PresidentsDay we thought we would share a favorite photo of ours- President Kennedy and his two children Caroline and John Jr. with their pony Macaroni hanging out around the White House! #PonyInTheWhiteHouse #PoniesMakeGoodBabysitters

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Missed our webinar on "Climate Change and Equines"? Not a problem- we recorded it for you! Check it out below! Individual presentations can also be found on the AHC website here: #Webinar #ClimateChange #Equines

This is a recording of our 2017 1st Quarter Webinar "Climate Change and Equines." Presenters included: David Herring, Communication and Education Program Man...

Yesterday afternoon, the Chief of the Forest Service met with the AHC and BCHA to thank them for their work on the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. This was one of the only bills in Congress passed last year that had broad bi-partisan support, and the AHC is proud to have worked successfully to get it passed!

Pictured left to right- Ben Pendergrass, Tom Tidwell, Chief of the National Forest Service, Randy Rasmussen, Director for Public Lands & Recreation for Back Country Horsemen of America, Joe Meade, National Director of Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources for the National Forest Service.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Have a picture of you and your horsey valentine? Share it in the comments below! #ValentinesDay #BeMyValentine

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We hope you will be able to join us June 11-14, 2017 for our Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum! #HORSEpowerInCongress

The AHC's Annual Meeting will be here before you know it! Save the Date for June 11-14, 2017, and join us in discussing the "Power of Unity."

The AHC works hard to ensure that recreational riders will continue to have the ability to enjoy the great outdoors on their horses, and as such has joined a group comprised of leaders from fifteen outdoor industry associations that strategically work together for the benefit of American outdoor recreation as a whole, called the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable. AHC President Julie Broadway attended their first meeting the other day, and she is pictured here with Derrick Crandall, President of the American Recreation Coalition.

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Interested in learning more about all of the different jobs available in the Thoroughbred industry? Then check out a new program Maryland Thoroughbred just announced! Even better, participants that successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for one-time funding to further their career pursuits within two years after their program ends. The program is available to all United States residents as well.

The Maryland Horse Industry Foundation (MHIF) was chartered in 1988 by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) to serve various educational and charitable needs of the Maryland horse industry. The Foundation provides funding to a wide variety of projects including the retraining and aftercare...

Last Call- Sign up for our webinar on February 13th! Lot's of interesting topics to be discussed, including how climate change affects our equines, their food, and an AHC member spotlight on Back Country Horsemen of America! Click below to sign up!

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Are you as excited for the weekend as this little guy is?! #minis #KickUpYourHeels #ItsFinallyFriday

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This miniature horse is my spirit animal:

We want to see more of these little girls in schools! #RideLikeAGirl #EquestriansAreAthletes

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"It was sports day at my daughter's school and she was very excited to represent her favorite team. Most of the kids wore jerseys representing professional foo...tball, baseball or hockey teams but my girl dressed in her show clothes and wanted to show her classmates that equestrians are athletes too."

What a great message from a young equestrian! We love this! Thanks for sending it our way, Elleri and Amy! #EquestriansAREathletes #TeamBZ

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Don't forget- our 1st Quarter webinar is coming up on February 13th, and will focus on "Climate Change and Equines." We hope you will be able to join us! Click here to register to attend:

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When you realize it's Friday and you're ready for the weekend!

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This horse just got a squeaky toy and he's never letting it go! 🐴💗

Maryland Horse Council Youth Correspondent and blogger Holden Rafey was the AHC's very first Student Member! Check out her most recent blog post below!

When it’s too cold to spend a lot of time at the barn, it’s a great time to go online and do horse-related research/reading. Equine organi...
Learn about the AHC at The AHC promotes and protects all horse breeds, disciplines and interests by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and all areas of the equine industry.
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  • Owyhee County recently seized 51 starved and neglected horses. Sadly..., 13 are gone because of the poor state they were in. We at Idaho Horse rescue had hoped to take on the remaining 38. Many of these horses are yearlings. Four of the horses are studs. The mature horses are approximately 14 hh. We are unsure of the breed as of now, but they appear to be similar in height to that of a Blazer. They are possibly cutting horses. They are not papered. Luckily, they all seem to be gentle already. However, we have just received notification that the Judge on the Owyhee horses’ case has ordered them to be sold at auction to recoup the county’s fees. We are deeply frustrated and saddened by this news. This is how the cycle repeats itself. If we are going to be able to make a difference, we will need to raise funds to cover the auction fees or possibly strike a deal with the county. We anticipate it to be in the neighborhood of $4,000-$5,000. If we cannot come up with these funds and rectify this terrible situation, they will go to auction this Saturday, February 18th, 2017, in Twin Falls. We have set up a GoFundMe campaign at You can also always donate directly on our site PLEASE SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! You can view more pics of these horses in the album The Owyhee 38 on our Facebook page If you have questions. please email me at See More
  • What is going on with Updates to APHIS’ Website Involving Animal Wel...fare Act and Horse Protection Act Compliance Information? It appears there will be no reports available to the public! FOIA requests are not timely. See More
  • Kelli Ewing McFadden
    January 17 at 5:44pm
    WOOHOO!!! I have some exciting news (AGAIN!)!!! We've added a few ne...w features to the site and added a little "zing" to a couple of things! I want to challenge our Members to see if they can tell me what new features/ changes were added to the site! The Members who can tell me all the changes that were made (or the most) will win a PRIZE!!! ...I don't know what it will be but it will be fun, I promise... ;) So get on NOW and check see if you can find out what's new!!! :D ***AND SHARE SHARE SHARE this site!!! The more that get on and play the more will have to play with!!! ;) ;) ;) See More
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