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Horses, and Equestrian Sport and Recreation in New Zealand
New Zealand Stats
- 120,000+ horses in NZ
- 80,000+ are recreational or sport horses
- 2-3% population regularly ride
- Equestrian is in the top 25 sports for women
- 5-6% pop ride at least once per year.
- Ave riding horse is approx 500kg
- approx 60% of horse owners, own 2-5 horses
- Horses first arrived in NZ - Dec 1814
- Accurate horse numbers are not kept by Statistics NZ
Equestrian Sport and Recreation
Horses, Manure and Human Health
Horse Manure is not a risk to human health. There are no known toxic effects on humans due to the exposure to horse
- Common equine parasites are not pathogenic to man.
- Generally speaking, horse guts do not contain the 120 viruses and constituents of concern in human, dog and cat faeces (carnivores and omnivores)
- Most viruses with zoonotic potential (animals infecting humans) are not found in horse wastes.