Economic Impact of the U.S. Remount Service

By 1930, stallions owned by the U.S. Remount Service were siring over 12,000 foals annually with an estimated value of $2,000,000.  Military consumption remained at 2,500-3,000 annually in peacetime, with the percentage of those sired by Remount stallions steadily increasing.  By 1932, a study released by the American Remount Association noted that over forty percent of the horses in military use were sired by Remount Service Stallions.

Between 1921 and 1948, leading ranchers and horse breeders in America took advantage of the Remount program.  The economic benefits were too strong for a successful ranching operation not to participate. 

Agents worked closely with the military in the production of good horses.  To keep their programs fresh and to prevent in-breeding, most of the agents changed stallions on a regular basis.

Many operations utilized Remount stallions to improve the quality of their horses and give them a product to turn into cash – something that was not always easy to find in the years between World War I and II.  Many of those progressive horsemen went on to become important breeders in the late 1930s and 1940s.  A large number of mares which they utilized in their breeding programs were daughters of Remount stallions.

In a number of cases Remount Stallion stud fees and the sale of their colts to both the army and civilian horsemen helped keep a family afloat during the depression years of the 1930s.  There was a limited market for cattle, but good horses did sell. 

It was the army’s policy to purchase animals first from breeders.  This allowed the breeder to obtain a higher price and encouraged him to produce better animals.  These Hall of Fame members are a small representation of the breeders who stood Remount stallions across the country.

2008.8.277, Photo Courtesy of Phil Livingston