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Special Issue "Sustainability in the Equine Industry"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Lead Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Steven S. Vickner

Equine Industry Program, College of Business, University of Louisville, USA
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Interests: applied economics; economic impact of equine industry; horse auctions and pricing; economics of horse racing/wagering and other equestrian sports; sustainability; agribusiness
Guest Editor
Prof. Dana L.K. Hoag

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, USA
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Interests: agricultural production; equine and livestock economics; sustainability; resource management; conservation; agricultural conflicts in society; policy
Guest Editor
Prof. Jason E. Bruemmer

Department of Animal Sciences, Associate Director of Equine Sciences Program, Colorado State University, USA
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Interests: equine reproduction; contraception of wild horses; management of wild horses; equine science/education; horse-human interactions; horses in society
Guest Editor
Prof. Michael Peterson

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Director of Ag Equine Programs, University of Kentucky, USA
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Interests: animal biomechanics; hoof surface interaction; mechanics of granular materials; engineering design; renewable energy; sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The relationship between humans and horses is as old as recorded history, with the earliest uses including food, agriculture, transportation, and warfare. Today, pleasure, recreation, sport (i.e., showing and racing) and even companionship are the more common uses, and the horse is embedded in cultures across the globe. The American Horse Council estimated the 2017 domestic horse population to be 7.2 million head resulting in a total economic impact of $122 billion in GDP. As uses have changed, enlightened sustainable management in the equine industry has also changed. In this Special Issue, we aim to document the state-of-the-art in sustainability of the equine industry while addressing some of its most pressing and often controversial topics. We ask, what is sustainability in the equine industry?

Ideal contributions to this Special Issue include but are not limited to: waste management; welfare and treatment; urban and agricultural conflicts; facilities and transportation; environmental management emphasizing water and/or renewable energy; disease management; opportunities for therapeutic and social interaction; wild horse management; policy; euthanasia/slaughter; real estate valuation in equine communities; and other innovative applications of the triple bottom line and lifecycle analysis to the equine industry.

Assoc. Prof. Steven S. Vickner
Chief Guest Editor

Prof. Dana L.K. Hoag
Prof. Jason E. Bruemmer
Prof. Michael Peterson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • equine
  • water conservation
  • LEED construction
  • energy resources
  • animal waste
  • horse
  • land management
  • animal health
  • triple bottom line
  • lifecycle analysis
  • sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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