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What do you think of horse meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 03, 2010 at 7:58 AM

I read that Paleolithic humans often hunted horses.

The idea of eating horse meat is unthinkable in America but not so uncommon in other cultures. You have to go to France or Japan to eat it. In fact the powers that be have done everything to make sure that horse meat isn't available for consumption.

There are millions of wild horses in the United States and with that population they would never become extinct if they were eaten more especially since a lot of people are squeamish or emotional about it (but they will happily chow down on bacon or burgers, interesting...).

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on October 04, 2010
at 03:53 PM

There's a good horse-meat restaurant in Vevey, Switzerland - also the location of the HQ of Nestle. And you can guess whose products are better for you ;)

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on October 04, 2010
at 01:29 AM

And here all this time, I thought they would taste like glue! ;-P

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on October 03, 2010
at 05:09 PM

"mixture of beef and venison" -- Ahh, Kikilula - the final nail in the coffin. Now I HAVE to try horse, finally.

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on October 03, 2010
at 02:30 PM

Mudbeard said he's in Netherlands.

A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

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on October 03, 2010
at 02:29 PM

I think cows are beautiful too :)

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on October 03, 2010
at 12:24 PM

where are you? US? I ate some when i was in Japan. I remember it as fine. NEver think about it here back in NY, though.

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on October 03, 2010
at 08:16 AM

I think horse meat is delicious. I tasted it years ago in France. In the past it was common in Germany and there were even special horse butchers. Today you get it very rarely. It tastes like a mixture of beef and venison. My grandmother prepared it occasionally as sauerbraten.

Today, horses are for example still raised in Iceland or Argentina as livestock - but always pastured. In Germany there are no special horses for meat production (as far as I know).

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on October 04, 2010
at 01:29 AM

And here all this time, I thought they would taste like glue! ;-P

3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

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on October 03, 2010
at 05:09 PM

"mixture of beef and venison" -- Ahh, Kikilula - the final nail in the coffin. Now I HAVE to try horse, finally.

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on October 03, 2010
at 11:04 AM

I eat a lot of horse meat. It has a somewhat sweeter taste to it. The meat seems to have a lower fat content.

Mostly we eat ground meat, the steaks (very nice!) We slow cook the tougher bits. It is not very popular over here in the Netherlands, so it's not easy to find more uncommon pieces of horse meat. I would like to try tongue for example. I guess that goes straight into dog and cat food...

However, it's nice to have something else on your plate than just beef and pork. (We also eat lamb and sporadically fowl, but good fowl is really hard to get over here. (So is good pastured pork, but we managed to 'adopt' a pig once in a while.

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on October 03, 2010
at 02:30 PM

Mudbeard said he's in Netherlands.

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on October 03, 2010
at 12:24 PM

where are you? US? I ate some when i was in Japan. I remember it as fine. NEver think about it here back in NY, though.

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on August 05, 2013
at 10:42 PM

It's very common here in Switzerland, and I love it!!! I have a horse steak with a HUGE salad for lunch at least once a week

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9d741bcbe702044635f2ce3078043054

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on October 04, 2010
at 09:12 PM

It drives me nuts when states like California pass laws against horses going to slaughterhouses. As if them dying and being cremated is a better solution. To me, horses are just really fast cows!

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on October 04, 2010
at 04:11 PM

Just had a Mongolian cab driver who told me that the meat in his country is much better than here, from rich pastures and not full of "poison." He said the best meat was horse, which is important for warming the body on cold winter nights. I'll have to try it if I go there. I had some in Sweden and I didn't think it was much good, but I'm willing to give it another chance. It's too bad Americans don't eat it, it would make using draft horses in agriculture much more economical.

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on October 04, 2010
at 06:38 AM

OK, just one exception. Only the horses that have thrown a human. That's where I draw the line. Horse tosses are the number cause of head injuries ahead of motorcycles. I will start with the horse that threw Christopher Reeves...if he is still around.

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on October 03, 2010
at 07:17 PM

same stigma goes for eating dogs in America. It's the emotional attachment to certain species I suppose. Rats too, but in a little different way.

My 18yo fed some horse meat from our mare that died of cancer to our dogs. Shhh, don't tell my horsecrazy 12yo.

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on October 03, 2010
at 04:36 PM

Great question! I also think we waste the opportunity here in the US to eat perfectly good, pasture/range raised horse meat. Horses seem to be America's "sacred cow".

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A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

on October 03, 2010
at 02:33 PM

I ate it some years and years ago... It used to be the "poor man meat" in Poland. I think the biggest problem was that the horses went to a butcher after long hard work, they were not raised with the meat in mind, but work in the fields. That's why there were slowly less and less available, especially when inhumane ways of transferring horses were publicized. I have no idea if horse meat is still available in Poland now.

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on October 03, 2010
at 02:12 PM

I have also heard that horse and donkey milk is quite nice, too.

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on October 03, 2010
at 10:35 AM

Its pretty common here in Switzerland in its dried jerky-like form. Its very tasty and lean. It was at one time very popular for bicycle racers in Europe....I think though that bicycle racers prefer other kinds of nutrients(?) now...

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on October 04, 2010
at 03:53 PM

There's a good horse-meat restaurant in Vevey, Switzerland - also the location of the HQ of Nestle. And you can guess whose products are better for you ;)

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on October 03, 2010
at 09:12 AM

It's nice - still quite common in France. I would probably struggle a bit to eat it now though, just because horses are so beautiful. Good job cows are ugly...

A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

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on October 03, 2010
at 02:29 PM

I think cows are beautiful too :)

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on August 06, 2013
at 03:33 AM

There are millions of wild horses in the United States and with that population they would never become extinct

Tell that to the American Bison (Buffalo).

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on August 06, 2013
at 02:55 AM

I, a western ranch girl of about ten at the time, asked my dad why we did not eat horses,and he said: "We don't eat our transportation." It is cultural.

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on August 06, 2013
at 01:44 AM

I had horse steak and pulled horse meat ragout (in gnocchi) in Italy, Venice region. Very lean, very red, good eating.

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on October 04, 2010
at 12:28 AM

Horse meat isn't taboo here in Quebec, a few butcher shops exclusively sell it with no outrage whatsoever.

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on October 03, 2010
at 06:24 PM

Pff people who get offended at eating horses. I'm not eating your horse, morons. Yes it is awesome.

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on October 03, 2010
at 03:45 PM

For survival I suppose I would eat just about any animal. I would try and eat the ones that would be easy to catch and a horse would be a tough score. I guess when you are hungry everything looks like a meal.......even your next door neighbor.

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on October 03, 2010
at 12:42 PM

Horse meat is delicious. It's in between bison and beef, I would say.

I eat it all the time... Thanks to being canadian!

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