Hello, So Good readers! It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another Eating Styles poll. This week’s topic was sparked by one of my friends (who knows I love horses) posting on my Facebook wall with this article from The Oatmeal making the case for why we should be eating horses instead of riding them. The article was a joke, or at least I took it as a joke until I saw this announcement from the Huffington Post about Britain’s Princess Anne making the case for why the British should seriously consider eating horse meat.


Although eating horse meat is still a largely taboo practice in America, it as well within the bounds of social and culinary acceptability in other countries like France, China, Germany and Japan. What about you – would you eat horse meat? In the horse meat-shunning culture we have now, I wouldn’t be surprised if you said no. But what if horse meat became a sanctioned meal to Americans? What if all your friends were doing it? Would you try it then? Vote below and explain your answer in the comments.

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    • Zoltan

      I’m Hungarian and I’ve eaten horse meat before.If you ever visit Hungary I recommend you try salami and sausages made out of horse meat.It tastes really good but it’s a bit more expensive than regular cold meat.

  1. queenfrostine

    Eh, why not? I’m in no hurry to add them to my diet, but I’d at least try it if someone put it in front of me. I do love horses as living creatures, but a similar affection hasn’t kept me from dining on rabbit.

  2. Ant

    I had horse meat in Germany. MTeat’s summary is perfect. It had the meaty flavours of beef but without the meaty heaviness. Just a little bit sweeter than beef, too.

  3. Sandi

    When my mother and I first went to Italy for me to finish my classical voice studies, mom was horrified at the number of horse meat butcher shops we passed. My grandmother had horses on their ranch farm. Mama loved them and had the innate American phobia about eating horsemeat.
    But I was intrigued because I LOVE meat of all kinds, and have tried various kinds such as goat (gamy but tasty) in Mexico and bear in the southwest (too gamy), as well as other non-conventional meat dishes. But I was curious about horsemeat because it´s prohibited in the States but was, 25 years ago, very popular in Europe and considered the best meat for people with anemia or blood deficiencies. So, when mama returned home from the hospital with her leg in a cast after a road accident, and for the first time in my life, at age 20, during her absence I had to make the meals, at first I made the normal dishes and reveled in learning I´d inherited my one-time restaurateur mother´s cooking abilitoes. But one day, passing the horsemeat butcher´s, an imp possessed me and I bought a couple of horsemeat steaks. That evening I made them for dinner but didn´t tell mama what meat they were, and we both loved them. Tasty, meaty, a bit sweeter than beef. The next day, I prepared two more, and finally confessed to mama what they were after dinner. She was horrified and told me never to buy them again. And, to tell the truth, although they were still good, the second time, the meat tasted much too sweet, almost nauseatingly so. And I really felt I couldn´t eat them again, bt not because they were horsemeat, but because I don´t like sweet tasting meat.
    It actually became quite nauseatingly sweet. But the US, like England, are horse-loving countries, so the prejudice against horsemeat isn´t logical, it´s emotional, The sweetish flavor may also have influenced the prejudice against eating it. Yet, strangely enough, there´s no prejudice against eating lamb or rabbits. And, they.re loveable creatures, too. It seems some humans have an affinity with horses that doesn´t apply to other edible animals.

  4. Jan

    I don’t know why people carry on eating any meat….
    What gives man the right to take another’s life!?!
    The problem is they just take and don’t put themselves in another’s place.
    Animals want to live – as much as we do.
    You are making your stomach’s a living grave for dead animals if you eat meat.
    Think of their suffering, imagine the fear horses fear, who are nervous by nature feel, indeed all animals.
    Watch ‘Earthlings.com’ or ‘Meet your Meat’, become aware of their suffering and then once you have seen the other side – decide whether to carry on eating something that is not yours, or take the kinder road, and give up meat and dairy.

    • Samantha

      Jan- You are absolutely right. We do not have any right to take life. If slaughterhouses had glass walls and the public could watch their “food” struggle, scream, and fight for their lives in terror….then no one would eat meat. Each animal is an individual, with a personality, strong emotional family ties, and a beautiful soul. Respect for life is a core belief of all major religions, yet most choose to ignore this.

      • Joe

        Like many vegetarians, Jan and Samantha are wrong. I’ve seen animals being slaughtered and I still eat meat. I’ve slaughtered animals myself and I still eat meat. I’ve hunted and eaten what I’ve killed. Bunnies and lambs are cute and I eat them. Horses are not special, they’re yummy.

  5. exexalien

    Yes, I’ve eaten raw horse meat (in Japan, where it’s called basashi and dipped in a spicy garlic soy sauce) and it’s delicious.


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