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From staff reports Published: November 27, 2011
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Horses slaughtered in the United States:

1990: 345,900

2000: 47,134

2004: 66,183

2006: 104,899 (last full year of domestic slaughtering operations)

2007: 29,767 (last operations close; congressional ban on USDA inspections in effect)

Estimates of U.S. exports of horses for slaughter:

2004: 23,782

2007: 78,061 (last three domestic slaughterhouses closed)

2008: 99,049

2009: 109,487

2010: 137,984

SOURCE: GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE