Census Reveals Horse Populations

February 20, 2009 on 1:24 am | In A Bit of Information | No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released data collected from its 2007 Census of Agriculture. These include U.S. livestock numbers for the horse and pony category, as well as the mule, burro and donkey category.

 

The total number of horses and ponies in the U.S. in 2007 as found by the Census is 4,028,827, with 575,942 of those animals residing on farms. That is up nearly 385,000 from the 3,644,278 horses and ponies that were counted when the last Census was taken in 2002.

 

The total number of mules, burros and donkeys in the U.S. in 2007 as found by the Census is 283,806, with 99,746 of those animals residing on farms. That is up nearly 180,000 from the 105,358 mules, burros and donkeys that were counted when the last Census was taken in 2002.

 

A map of the horse inventory in the U.S. can be viewed at: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Online_Highlights/Ag_Atlas_Maps/index.asp

 

Tables containing information found in the study, including a breakdown of horses and ponies by state, can be viewed at:

http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Full_Report/usv1.pdf

Molly Powell Bits

February 18, 2009 on 9:01 pm | In Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

For the best price and all the new styles for 2009 M.C. Diamond Ranchhas all the Molly Powell Bits. If you need to help a sensitive horse in a turn or if a horse is very bendy and wants help balancing himself you should find the bit in the complete  line of  Molly Powell Bit at M.C. Diamond Molly Bits.

The two bits I put on this post I like a lot. Molly Powell “The Rookie” 3/8″ Twisted Sweet Iron  dog bone 5” Cheeks, 5 1/2″Mouth. This is one of my favorite bits to use on my colts that are just getting into a shank bit. The 3-piece mouth in this bit allows me to introduce the curb chain to my young horses and still keep them confident when I pull on them in the turns. If you ride young horses, you need to add this bit to your collection.

Molly Powell Short “Shank Solid Run” with Silver Large Sweet Iron Chain Mouth. 7-1/2″ Cheek 5-1/2″ Mouth. This is a very versatile bit that I love to use on a horse that needs a little bend and a little whoa. The large chain mouthpiece is a fresh alternative to a snaffle. If you like the 3-piece bits, you’ll love this chain bit!

 You never can have to many bits.

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