Minnesota's Trail Riders Contribute to EconomyBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · June 18, 2012
With an equine population of over 90,000, Minnesota boasts more than 1,200 miles of riding trails.
A survey of trail users revealed that the state’s typical trail rider is a female around 45 years old who has more than 25 years of riding experience. This rider spent an average of 23.5 days each year on trails located less than half an hour away from her home.
Trail riding by Minnesota residents results in almost $43 million in consumer spending each year, with an additional $6.9 million in spending by riders coming to Minnesota from other states.
Those who own horses also buy horse feed, trucks, trailers, gasoline, tack, equipment, veterinary services, farrier care, hay, straw, fencing materials, and a host of other goods and services. When spending on directly and indirectly associated businesses was included, the impact of pleasure riding on the state’s economy was more than $390 million in gross state product and almost $50 million in state and local taxes. As a whole, the horse industry contributes $1 billion annually to the state, according to figures in the University of Minnesota Horse Newsletter.