People who work with horses in Hawaii agree on two things: It’s a tough way to make a living and a great way to make a living. Tough, because the costs of importing and feeding horses are high and the financial returns are usually low, but great because you spend your day with animals you love.
The most recent USDA Census reported Hawaii had 5,114 horses and ponies in 2012, down from 6,547 in 2007, but well above every other equine census since at least 1992. Horses were originally brought to the Islands to help Hawaiians herd cattle. While they still do that, many horses serve today by giving trail rides and riding lessons, and performing in rodeos and polo matches.
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