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Easy guide 123: The horse industry

Research by Defra and the British Horse Industry Confederation

Year of Publication2004

The horse industry’s gross output is approximately £3.4 billion (farming’s is £13.4 billion). It employs 50,000 people (farming 550,000), 2.4 million people ride and there are between 600,000 and a million horses (10 million cattle and calves). There is scope for expansion in horse business but the industry needs to learn to work together more effectively.

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