The official animal of New Jersey (the state where designer Janet Mavec makes Orchard jewelry) is the horse.
New Jersey contained over 4,500 horse farms housing almost 40,000 horses.
You can visit the National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury, Vermont.
The top states for horses are Texas (395,818 equines on 64,114 farms), followed by Oklahoma, California, Kentucky, and Florida. However, the horsiest state in terms of number of horses per square mile of land is Maryland, followed by New Jersey and Connecticut.
The Quarter Horse is the most popular breed.
Horsehair is used to make brushes, violins, paintbrushes, fishing lines, and wigs. Notably, it was used to stuff upholstery and it was also turned into fabric by notable furniture makers, such as Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Lutyens.
The famed 158-acre Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park contains works by Anish Kapoor, Andy Goldsworthy, Jaume Plensa, and Nina Akamu who was commissioned to finish a horse that Leonardo da Vinci had started five centuries earlier. The sculptor used da Vinci’s sketches to create a 24-foot horse, which had originally been commissioned by the Duke of Milan.