Equine Welfare Data Collective Releases Data Snapshot

The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC), a program of the United Horse Coalition (UHC), recently published The Data Snapshot, a 5-page summary of EWDC results since data collection began in 2018.


The EWDC Data Snapshot is a snack-sized brief of the over 400 pages of published data collected from hundreds of 501c3 nonprofit equine welfare organizations across the country.


Ashley Harkins, UHC Program Director, says “we know not everyone has the time to glean all of the important information contained within the EWDC full reports, so we’ve created The Data Snapshot to share with all who are keen on keeping knowledgeable about what is happening in the equine welfare sector.”


The Data Snapshot provides a summary of rescue intakes and outcomes, organization demographics, safety net services, and direct placement programs, as well as a glossary of common language used when discussing equine welfare services.


“Over the last four years the detailed reports published by the EWDC have been critical to helping the equine industry at-large understand the needs of at-risk equines, owners seeking assistance, and the hard-working people facilitating help. The Data Snapshot is a great way to learn the key points before you dive into the full data reports,” says Julie Broadway, American Horse Council President.

Details in the EWDC Data Snapshot include:

  • Over 900 501c3 nonprofit Equine Welfare Organizations operating within the United States

  • 70% of all equines entering rescues and sanctuaries come directly from owners in need and law enforcement confiscations

  • The most common reason organizations report for owners needing to rehome their equines is financial need

Since the inception of the EWDC in 2018, over 350 organizations across the country have participated. Participation is free, and all data collected is aggregated so no individual organization is identified.

To view the EWDC Data Snapshot, read the full reports, or contribute data, visit the EWDC website at www.unitedhorsecoalition.org/ewdc/


The EWDC is a collaborative effort to accumulate, analyze, and report data to enhance services for transitioning and at-risk equines. The EWDC is a grant funded initiative created by the United Horse Coalition (UHC), a program of the American Horse Council (AHC), with current funding partners being The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Foundation for the Horse, and US Equestrian Trust. Interested in helping to fund the continued work of the EWDC? Reach out at EWDC@horsecouncil.org.


About the American Horse Council and United Horse Coalition As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media, and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen’s associations to horse shows, racetracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers, and state horse councils. Learn more at www.horsecouncil.org


The United Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the issues facing horses at-risk or in transition. We seek to provide information for existing and prospective owners, breeders, sellers, and horse organizations regarding the long-term responsibilities of owning and caring for horses, as well as focusing on the opportunities available for these horses. Learn more at www.unitedhorsecoalition.org