National Horse Day – December 13, 2019

Fri Dec 13

Did you know horses have healing powers? Equine therapists actually use horses to help treat certain mental health issues like depression. That’s just one reason we love them. National Horse Day is a day to remember the economic, historic, and cultural contributions that horses have made. Equine enthusiasts across the country will get together on December 13 to show their appreciation for these majestic creatures. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or have never been on a horse in your life, check out some ways you can recognize the day!

National Horse Day - History


New research done on horse eyesight

Equine specialists learned that horses see colors differently than humans. This information can be used to improve racecourse safety.

May 17, 1875

The Kentucky Derby began

The horse Aristides, and his rider, Oliver Lewis, won the first ever Derby.


​The Mongols went to war

They were well known for their speedy raids and horse-mounted archers. With the help of the horse, they were able to conquer much of the Asian continent.

​5000 BC

Humans began domesticating horses​

The earliest evidence came from shin bones and bit gear found in Kazakhstan. By 3000 BC, domesticated horses were widespread.

National Horse Day Activities

  1. Go for a horseback ride

    Whether you're an avid equestrian or a horse novice, take a ride to celebrate National Horse Day.

  2. Watch a horse movie

    "Seabiscuit," "Black Beauty," "National Velvet." And that's just the beginning.

  3. Donate to an equine charity

    Lots of organizations are dedicated to helping horses. Do some research and find out how you can help.

5 Wild Horse Facts

  1. ​Isn't a Mustang a car?

    Mustangs are wild horses that live mainly in the western U.S.

  2. We can thank Spanish explorers

    Mustangs are descended from Iberian horses, which were brought by Spanish explorers to the Americas.

  3. ​Big horses, small numbers

    ​Though they they aren't on the endangered species list, there are fewer than 25,000 wild horses in the U.S.

  4. ​They're built for survival

    ​Mustangs have no natural predators.

  5. ​Age is but a number

    ​Some horses can live up to 40 years in the wild.

Why We Love National Horse Day

  1. Horses have been our companions for thousands of years

    Humans have bonded with horses for a long time, so it only makes sense that there is a whole day dedicated to them!

  2. Horses play a big role in American culture

    From cowboys to the Kentucky Derby, horses are ingrained in American history. Whether you're a horse person or not, you've surely witnessed America's love for horses at some point.

  3. Horses make our lives better

    Equestrians love the spirit of competition that comes with riding in horse shows. Farmers need horses to manage everyday tasks. And plenty of people in between enjoy going for the occasional horseback ride. Horses bring a sense of enjoyment and camraderie into the lives of people across the world.

National Horse Day dates
2019December 13Friday
2020December 13Sunday
2021December 13Monday
2022December 13Tuesday
2023December 13Wednesday