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Total number of horses on homestead

This is a 3-digit variable that represents the number of horses, donkeys, or mules on the homestead, except for the following codes:

900 = Logical edit - missing
996 = Not interviewed (household questionnaire)
997 = Don't know
998 = No response
999 = NIU (not in universe)


HORSEHOME reports the total number of horses, donkeys, or mules on the household's homestead, regardless of who owns them.

Users should be careful to distinguish this variable from HORSENUM (the number of horses, donkeys, or mules owned by the household).

Enumerators were instructed to code "Don't know" or "No response" cases as -88 and -99, respectively. However, in some samples, a select number of enumerators recorded an unexpectedly high number of 88 and 99 values for livestock variables. We believe the majority of these cases were intended to represent "don't know" and "no responses" instead of indicating a number of livestock. IPUMS has recoded these cases to "Logical edit - missing".

The question associated with this variable was included in the household questionnaire.

Comparability — Index



Apart from slight variation in question wording, there are no comparability issues. Most commonly, this question asked about the presence of horses, donkeys, or mules on the homestead. Some samples, as noted below, asked about other animals.

Comparability — Kenya [top]

The Round 5 survey asked about the presence of horses, donkeys, or camels on the homestead.


  • Persons in households with livestock on the homestead.


  • Burkina Faso: 2014-2016
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2014-2016
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 2017
  • Ethiopia: 2014-2017
  • Ghana: 2014-2016
  • India: 2016-2017
  • Indonesia: 2015-2016
  • Kenya: 2014-2016
  • Niger: 2015-2017
  • Nigeria: 2014-2017
  • Uganda: 2014-2017