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The horse has long been considered livestock almost everywhere in the world. This does not prevent individuals from enjoying their horses as companion animals. It is estimated that horses have been domesticated long ago and used by humans for transportation, agricultural work and meat production for more than 5000 years. All of the nowadays known 200-300 different horse breeds descend from the Przewalski Horse, but have developed very differently through breeding and adaption to their respective habitat.

More than a sixth of the almost 60 million horses worldwide live in the United States (around 10 million), followed by Mexico, China and Brazil. The highest horse-to-human-ration anywhere in the world is in Iceland, which is home to the Icelandic horse, one of the oldest and purest breeds anywhere in the world, where you have around one horse for four inhabitants.


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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportionate to the number of horses there in 2016.

Data sources
This map uses data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (last accessed March 2018). (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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