FCVC celebrates the National Day of the Horse for our equine friends (also known as equids). While our veterinary practice is mainly dogs and cats, we have a passion for horses!
As in the resolution that created the republics Day of the Horse, we also encourage people to be mindful of how the horse has helped shape our history and the joy of having horses.
In 2004, Congress recognized the first official National Day of the Horse. Submitted by Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) the text of the resolution states:
Encouraging citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States and expressing the sense of Congress that a National Day of the Horse should be established.
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 domestic horses rely on humans for adequate food, water, and shelter; and
Whereas the Congressional Horse Caucus estimates that the horse industry contributes well over $100,000,000,000 each year to the economy of the United States:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
(1) encourages all citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States;
(2) expresses its sense that a National Day of the Horse should be established in recognition of the importance of horses to the Nation’s security, economy, recreation, and heritage; and
(3) urges the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States and interested organizations to observe National Day of the Horse with appropriate programs and activities.
On the anniversary of the first official National Day of the Horse, horse enthusiasts are encouraged to celebrate the horse’s contribution to the United States.
10 Ways to Celebrate National Day of the Horse
- Take a trail ride or go for a hack with your horse.
- Donate money or supplies to a reputable nonprofit horse rescue organization.
- Volunteer your time at a horse-related nonprofit. Consider therapeutic riding schools as well as rescues.
- Watch a horse movie. May we suggest “Phar Lap,” “Seabiscuit,” “Secretariat,” “The Black Stallion,” “National Velvet,” or “Sylvester”? (Also available in book form!)
- Wear a clothing item or piece of jewelry that shows you’re a horse person. Boots and breeches to the supermarket anyone?
- Give your horse an extended grooming session. But only if he likes that sort of thing.
- Update your horse’s halter, and add a name plate.
- Buy your horse a fancy bridle brow band. You know, just because it looks pretty.
- Post something positive on your favorite online horse forum or Facebook group. We all know horse people are opinionated, and controversial conversations can get negative really quick. For today, try to focus on the positive and offer your horse-crazy peers encouragement and support.
- Share your horse with someone who’s otherwise doesn’t have access to equids. Horses and rural life are becoming more and more of a luxury, and casual encounters with them happen less frequently than in recent history. By inviting non-horse-people to meet your animals, you’ll give them an opportunity they probably don’t have otherwise. Who knows, you might just change someone’s life.
Attribution – TheHorse.com
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