The equine industry in the UK is seen as an important industry towards the economy as is the economic activity associated with horses. Businesses that are part of the industry include equine nutrition, equipment, vet care, and more.
The industry is more varied in the UK than most sectors within the agriculture or leisure industry. Mainly, the industry is involved with activities based on the use of horses, and suppliers of horse-related goods and services for horse owners.
These activities include professional and leisure activities. The majority of individuals involved in the equine industry are in it for pure leisure, although many professionals in the industry are making a good living.
The industry caters directly to the needs of horse owners. The professional side of the industry includes services to professional riders, commercial breeders, affiliated sports of racing, and training. On the leisure side of the industry, the factors lie mostly towards the provision of riding lessons, trekking, and tourist attractions.
The largest part of the industry is catered towards goods and services including feed supply and veterinary services.
Throughout the UK, there are many training facilities for individuals interested in riding horses, by attending the training you do not need to own a horse. These facilities provide all need-to-know information on breeds and how to ride for leisure or to take it on as a professional career.
The industry is estimated to have a gross output of £3.4 billion and employs over 250 000 individuals. It is also estimated that the UK has over 600 000 horses and is still growing with more building interest each year.