When you think of horses, the state that most often comes to mind is Kentucky. Or maybe even New York. But it’s the Garden State that has named the horse as its official state animal. And there’s good reason for it.
There are approximately 28,000 horses -- ranging from those for pleasure, show, and racing -- residing in New Jersey.
The United States Equestrian Foundation is headquartered in Gladstone. Rutgers University houses a Science Equine Center, which works toward better horse care for research and education. There are four racetracks in the state. New Jersey is dotted with horse farms. And it even has a “Jersey Bred” logo to identify horses raised in New Jersey.
June is Horse Month in the state. A list of activities has been posted online.