The Idaho Horse Council has been instrumental in bringing about legislative modification involving animal welfare, including branding and animal abandonment, liability insurance, and simulcasting. During the 1990 legislative session, the Idaho Horse Council successfully lobbied to create an equine education account. Parimutual funds deposited to the public school fund and the Northwest Equine Reproduction Laboratory at the University of Idaho. All funds received by the laboratory must be match by private funds. These monies are then used for equine research benefiting the entire industry.