Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the number of horses in Scotland.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 7 July 2017
Scottish Government is not required to hold data on the number of horses in Scotland. The June 2016 Agricultural Census reported 34,394 non-agricultural horses and 1,325 horses used for agricultural or horticultural use. This figure is likely to be an underestimate because it does not include equines that are not on agricultural holdings.