Equine Industry (Horses, Mules, and Donkeys)
Clifford, Mary Ellen Tobias (Trouble's owner and equine expert), and Tyler on Trouble the Quarter Horse learning how to master the Mounted Patrol obstacle course
Clifford Shows Tyler the Art of Cleaning Stalls
Abraham the Camel
Tyler and Loni Rikard, Lexington County Farm-City Chair discuss
the value of the equine industry
(2004 Equine Survey)
- ranked 5th in SC in total
inventory - 4,400 horses valued at $13.2
million- most of the horses in the county were
Quarter Horses- $16.3 million in equine
expenses- just under $1.2 million in sales- a total of $1.4 million in other income- an economic impact of $18.9 million in Lexington County
- The equine industry is diverse, but the primary horse activity in South
Carolina is trail riding. The majority of horse owners in
South Carolina keep them for pleasure.
- Horse owners are also involved in
showing and other competitions (western riding, driving, dressage, reining,
cutting horses, rodeo, hunter paces, and many more).
- Both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse
racing are huge industries in the state, providing thousands of jobs and
millions of dollars in economic development.
- Horses, mules, and donkeys fall
under the realm of animal agriculture because of the land needed to
- Jobs associated with horses include
veterinarians, farriers, suppliers, tack stores operators, feed dealers, groomers,
trainers, trailer repair service, fence and barn builders, bedding suppliers,
and a huge number of specialty jobs. Equine artists and photographers specialize
in depicting horses. Fabricators are needed to make the horseshoe nails for the
farriers, and leather craftsmen and saddle fitters repair the tack and items
used by horse owners.
- Horse owners want to interact with
nature as well as with their four-footed companions.
- The majority of horse owners have
full-time jobs outside the horse industry.
- Over 100,000 horses live on farms and non-farms in South
Carolina, the economic impact runs into billions of dollars. From little girls
taking riding lessons to professional cowboys, the equine industry is a major
factor in the state’s economy.
Lexington County Farm-City
Clayton Rawl Farms, Inc.
Lexington County Farm Bureau
Lexington School District I Center for Advanced Agribusiness Research, Pelion
Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District
Price's Country Store
Roof's Basket Works, Inc.
Sandhills Young Farmer & Agribusiness Chapter
South State Bank
W. P. Law, Inc.
W. P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.
Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center