Equine Land Conservation Resource


The loss of open land is an urgent threat now and to the future of equestrian activities. We're losing 6,000 acres of open land every day! Help us save the lands, farms, trails and hayfields that our horses need and horse owners rely on.

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Agricultural, forest and other lands are dwindling at the rate of 6,000 acres each day. Considering that it is estimated that it will take 36,000,000 acres to feed the 9 million horses in the U.S, land loss is the single greatest threat to horse sport, industry and recreation in the United States.

ELCR advances the conservation of land for horse-related activities. We answer the question "Where will you ride, drive, race, compete, raise foals and grow hay?" by providing information, resources and networking opportunities for horsemen on the following topics:

Farmland Protection (farm conservation easements/restrictions, purchase of development rights)
Community Land Use Planning
Equine Economic Development
Trail Access
Liability Issues
Land Stewardship/Best Management Practices

At ELCR, we consult with individuals, communities, horse parks, and equine organizations on these issues. Our Equestrian Partners, a membership program for organizations, represents the conservation-minded members of the horse world - breeding; media; competition and discipline; equestrian parks and facilities; land conservation and stewardship; recreational riding and driving; government; and commercial. Over 1 million individuals are represented by 126 partner organizations. ELCR also regularly produces educational publications to help individuals and organizations conserve land for horse activity in their communities.

Act Now


Horses have been a part of our American tradition, economy and culture from the beginning. But our rich equine heritage is at risk with 6,000 acres of open land being lost every day to development. Won't you help us in preserving rural acreage for future generations to enjoy? Please join us in our effort to save horse lands and invite your friends!

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