Environmental Impact

Horse Outreach Workgroup

Maryland’s horse country is also Bay Country, closely linked by a dense, 17,000-mile network of streams and rivers that feed the Bay. With more than 87,000 horses, Maryland has twice as many horses per square mile as Kentucky, Virginia, Texas and California. This high density of horses can pose a serious threat to water quality and natural resources. Eroding soil from overgrazed pastures and rainwater runoff from unmanaged manure piles carry excess nutrients and sediment to the Bay and its tributaries. This self assessment guide for horse owners will take about 35 minutes to do. It will give you a better understanding of the impact your equine operation is having on the environment and what you can do to improve that impact and increase the value of your property.