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The North Texas Horse Country

one of the largest, concentrations of horse farms in the United States, offers a variety of breeds and disciplines.  Quarter horses, Thoroughbreds, Paints, Arabians, Appaloosas, Warmbloods…they are all here… and world champion horses abound in cutting, halter, roping, western pleasure, reining and many other disciplines.  Large breeding farms, mare care, training facilities, equine suppliers and equine specialist are all available, making this a mecca for professional horsemen and horse enthusiast from all over the world.

Horses have played a vital role in every facet of human and societal development for the last 5,000 years.  They have served farms and ranches around the globe in agriculture and hunting. They provided the fastest and most reliable form of transportation until a mere 150 years ago!  They brought the world closer together by facilitating the exchange of information and knowledge between cultures.  Horses carried warriors into battle, kings to their thrones, and conquerors into new lands.  In this modern era, horses are still mounted for leisure, competitive sport and recreation, hunting, and myriad other reasons.    Bred to be the very best performers in specific disciplines and styles, horses provide entertainment, companionship, and competition to thrill humans throughout the world.

The 912 square miles of lush Denton County are located just northeast of Fort Worth and extend almost to the Red River at the Oklahoma State line. Known as “Horse Country USA”, the area is populated with more than 300 farms and ranches, many of which are breeding and training facilities. There are an estimated 25,000 horses in Denton County.  Horse sales in Denton County during 2004 topped $20 million. Boarding fees alone were more than $11 million. The horse industry represents the number one economic impact in agriculture for Denton County.

Attracted to the area’s mild winters, horse farms and professional horsemen began moving into Denton County in the 1970s, settling primarily in the north and east part of the county where the sandy loam soil is perfect for working horses year-round. This area is now a national equine trading center.

The modern horse market has changed its approach to business with farms specializing in narrowly defined disciplines. There are farms that specialize in halter horses, pleasure horses, cutting horses, reining, jumpers, hunters and more. So, a seeker in the market for a halter horse goes directly to a halter farm, simplifying and streamlining his search by quality, breed, and discipline. The farms specialize in breeds such as Quarter horses, Thoroughbreds, Paints, Andalusian and more. Along a driving tour, you can see miles of pipe and rail fencing, beautiful pastures, impressive barns and, of course, lots of horses.