Welcome to the North Texas Horse Country
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're 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 specialists are available, making this area a mecca for professional horsemen and horse enthusiasts from all over the world.
Wind your way through the beautiful Horse Country of North Texas. Texas is the nation's number ONE horse state with more than 1 million horses. Famous for the Quarter Horse, Texas also offers an exciting variety of horse breeds and many different disciplines. 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 a myriad of 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 North Texas region extends almost to the Oklahoma state line and is known as "Horse Country USA". The area is populated with more than 350 farms and ranches, many of which are breeding and training facilities. There are an estimated 40,000 horses in the North Texas region and the industry represents a huge economic impact for the area. Attracted to the area's mild winters, horse farms and professional horsemen began moving to the area in the 1970's, settling primarily where the sandy loam soil is perfect for working horses year-round. This area is a national equine trading center.
The farms on the this tour are real working ranches, who may not be able to entertain individual tours at the last minute. If you would like to visit a ranch up close, we suggest you join one of the quarterly prearranged tours held by the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau. Unless gate signage specifically invites drop-in visitors, please refrain from entering private driveways and stick to the main roads. This ensures safety for our visitors, our horses, and a positive visitor experience for everyone. Contact the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau for arranged group tours. 888/381-1818.
Along your driving tour you will see miles of pipe and rail fencing, beautiful pastures and, of course, lots of horses.