Michigan Horse Council

Promoting and Protecting the Horse Industry Since 1973 

Michigan Horse Council

Promoting and Protecting Michigan's Horse Industry Since 1973

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American Trails sponsors the International Trails Symposium every two years to bring together trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners, and users, as well as tourism and business interests.

The Symposium is the premier opportunity for the worldwide trails community to come together to communicate and experience an inspirational and educational conference. This is the largest gathering of all trail interests who believe their combined voices are the best way to strengthen trails for everyone.

The Symposium includes numerous educational sessions covering the broad range of trail issues, internationally prominent speakers, a state-of-the-art, trail-related exhibit hall, informative and interactive mobile workshops and much more.

American Trails presents the National and International Trails Awards at the Symposium to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails.

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Join American Trails and receive a discounted rate to attend the International Trails Symposium.

April 20, 2017
Join the AHC for Our Second Quarter Webinar

Marketing and your equine business to be discussed

Join the AHC on May 15th at 3:00 pm ET for our second quarterly webinar for 2017- “Tips to Growing Your Equine Business.”

Our featured speaker will be Elisabeth McMillan, CEO at EquestrianProfessional.com. She will speak on “How to write a marketing plan in 7 seconds,” as well as give a brief social media “boot camp” for those looking to boost their social media presence for their business. Ms. McMillan has a lifetime of experience directly in the horse business and is supported by a team of top notch experts and regular contributors to the Equestrian Professional.com site

Also featured will be the AHC’s Time to Ride program with consultant Christie Schulte. Time to Ride programs have awarded thousands in cash and prizes while helping horse professionals grow by sharing the joy of horses with newcomers.

Finally, there will be an AHC member spotlight on the United Professional Horsemen’s Association with Smith Lilly. The UPHA regularly works with the American Horse Council and the various breed organizations to promote safety, ensure fairness, improve conditions, increase attendance and improve the overall horse show experience for owners, trainers, grooms, and spectators alike. In addition to its core programs, the UPHA seeks to foster communication and mutually beneficial relationships between all participants in the horse show industry.

The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members—we encourage everyone to attend! To register for the webinar, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org. We look forward to having you join us for our second quarterly webinar!

Michigan 4-H Horse &

 Pony Project Show

 Rules & Regulations




       What you need to know

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 Trailering your horse 

in Icy Conditions 

Make a New Year’s resolution to be proactive when planning to haul horses in slick winter weather.

Maintenance on heavy-duty towing vehicles include a brake check, tire and tire pressure check, battery check and most importantly a safe driver check. Having a vehicle in top-notch shape is important, but having a good driver that understands how to carefully maneuver in slippery elements is a priority.

                                             Advice from the Experts   

        Current Coggins Requirements 

             What is EIA? Equine infectious anemia (EIA) is a viral disease that causes anemia, intermittent fever, and severe weight loss. Equidae, e.g., horses, ponies, mules, zebras, and donkeys, are the only animals known to be affected by the virus. Once an animal is infected with the virus, it is infected for life. Other common names for EIA are swamp fever and Coggins disease. At present, there is no vaccine or cure available. 

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               Vaccination Information  

                         The AAEP vaccination guidelines

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State Animal Health Officials (SAHOs), under the direction of the State Veterinarian, protect the health of the equine industry. The SAHOs monitor equine diseases and equine movement within the states to mitigate threats and to effectively respond to the disease incursions. Each state develops and maintains a state reportable disease list, which includes endemic equine diseases of concern to the state’s equine industry and foreign equine diseases of national concern. Detection of a regulated reportable equine disease results in SAHO assessment of disease risks and determination of appropriate disease control measures to be implemented such as quarantine, movement controls or biosecurity measures. However, a reportable disease does not necessarily mean actionable, as the SAHO investigation of the disease may deem control measures unnecessary.

Select your state or other states  on the map to see information about the State Veterinarian’s office.                                   Read MORE  

      Horse Trail Access

                            Setting out on the trail with your horse is a magic moment. The promise of quiet solitude, the beauty of nature, relaxing with friends, the companionship of a beloved horse and enjoying a bit of adventure are all part of the attraction of trail riding.

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National Forest Trail 

Stewardship Act    

The AHC will be working on these bills and many other issues that impact the entire horse industry in 2016.  We thank you for your current and future support. If you have any questions on these bills, please call the AHC.

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Seven Steps to Influencing Horse-Friendly 

Planning for Horsemen


While the process of community planning can seem mysterious or overwhelming at times, in reality it often boils down to a few simple steps. The process itself follows a simple outline of identifying a need in the community, gathering ideas from individuals within the government and from the public, and then fitting these ideas together into a cohesive plan that will hopefully be implemented. Sometimes the needs are identified by the state government, which may require towns to update comprehensive plans every five years, while other times they are recognized by the government officials responsible for planning or brought to their attention by the public

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Seven Steps to Planning for an Equestrian-Friendly Community

 for Community Leaders and Planners

Horses bring many benefits to our local communities including economic, ecological, and aesthetic, and add greatly to our general health and wellbeing.  Horses can be local economic drivers considering all the additional services that go into supporting horses. In addition horses are known to attract tourism in many local communities. According to the American Horse Council 2005 National Economic Impact of the U.S. Horse Industry Study the equine industry accounted for 460,000 fulltime jobs with an annual impact of $39 billion annually to our economy, generating $1.9 billion in taxes.

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House Committee Approves USDA Appropriations Bill

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Senate Appropriations Committee 

Approves Horse Slaughter Amendment 

On July 16, 2015, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2016 fiscal year (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016). An amendment was adopted by the committee during mark-up of the bill that would prohibit funding for USDA inspections at

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   Recreational Trails Program Included

in House Passed  Highway Bill

On November 5, 2015, the House of Representatives passed its version of a multi-year national highway bill known as the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 or STRR Act. The bill would reauthorize the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

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Planning and Zoning Guide for Horse Friendly Communities

In order to retain access to horses and enjoy the benefits they bring to our communities, it is vital that horsemen understand the basics of planning and zoning and how this impacts horse keeping, breeding, competing and recreating, as well as equine related businesses in their communities. Furthermore, horsemen and women need to be able to articulate the benefits horses bring to their communities as well as supporting community planners with information needed about incorporating horses into their local plans.
ELCR and My Horse University hosted a  webinar on March 24, 2015 to discuss the basics of planning and zoning, and cover the tools of zoning codes and the comprehensive plan. In plain terms, learn how to understand what your property is zoned, how to get involved in the planning process, and what to look for relative to horse-friendly plans and regulations. Local governments of all shapes and sizes are using planning and zoning tools in their communities. 
The webinar was presented by ELCR Advisory Council member and senior planner with the city of Wilmington, North Carolina Planning, Development, and Transportation department, Christine Hughes.   Read more at  My Horse University 

USA Equestrian Trust is now accepting proposal from IRS-registered equine non-profit organization for its 2015 grants program. In 2014, the Trust awarded nearly $300,000 to help fund nearly 20 projects. 

USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purpose are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports.

For more information or to submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Applications are due Monday, May 4.