Cheval, Anyone?

The above link has some interesting info, especially if you have the stamina to read through the responses!

I want to reiterate that my stand on horse slaughter comes from the viewpoint that I believe it’s inclusion as an industry in the US has value in a “green” world.  It should have merit as part of the cycle of life and making all animals useful.  I don’t believe that euthanasia is a realistic alternative for the majority of horses out there; I don’t expect people to start eating horse meat but also I don’t think the average horse owner keeps a horse all throughout it’s life and plans for how it will eventually end it’s life.   Circumstances are not stable throughout life for most people, incomes fluctuate and why should everyone be expected to spend at least several hundred dollars to dispose of a horse when in fact, EPA does not want you to have to worry about how a horse will be disposed of?….but that info is for another day.

Here’s a copy of an article that I have edited from another source, also discussing horse meat facts:

Four reasons to eat horse meat

From its surprisingly good nutritional values to the arbitrary reasons it was considered “taboo” in the first place, this list gives you a rundown on horse meat

1. Horse Meat is Taboo Thru Tradition, Not Fact

Horse meat has been taboo in the U.S. and U.K. at various points during their history, but they are some of the only countries to do so. In large part, horses are not seen as meat products simply because they have not been used that way.  Horse was commonly eaten throughout pioneering U.S. history and was greatly consumed by all during the years of WWII when there was also an overpopulation of horses left from their discontinued use on farms.

In countries like France, Italy, Belgium, Japan, Spain, horse meat consumption has been widespread for centuries, and is therefore considered a staple or a delicacy.

In fact, one reason why it’s so strange to consider horse flesh as meat may be because the English language has no word to describe it. While pig meat has four terms (pork, bacon, ham and gammon), two for cow (beef, veal) and three for sheep (lamb, mutton and hogget), horse has nothing except the rarely used euphemism “cheval meat” (“cheval” is French for “horse”).

When it comes down to it, everyone who’s a meat eater must ask themselves: why is it acceptable to eat very useful animals like cows (who provide dairy and can be work animals) or intelligent animals like pigs (who are very similar in bone structure and musculature to humans), but somehow wrong to eat horses?   There are lots of people in the world who eat meat protein from innumerable sources; guinna pigs, rabbit, beaver, squirrel……not to mention bear and pronghorn, elk, etc. and birds/fish.

2. Horse Meat (and Slaughter) Has Been Widespread in U.S. Before Now

Even if one doesn’t count the illegal horse slaughter that’s happened in the four years since the practice was banned in the U.S., horse meat hasn’t always been a taboo source of food in America, and has reappeared in American cuisine again and again over the past century.

During World War II, due to beef’s high prices and low supply, some states legalized its sale, and it became a (largely unremarked) staple into the 1950s. A 1951 issue of Time magazine laid it out on the table: “People who used to pretend it was for the dog now came right out and said it was going on the table.”

People even began providing recipes for horse pot roast and equine fillets, a trend that reappeared during the heavy inflation of the mid-1970s.

3. Feeling  ‘Just Wrong Somehow’ Likely Cultural Leftovers

Beyond simply not being used to horse meat, many people oppose horse slaughter (while condoning the slaughter of pigs, sheep and cows) is because it “just feels wrong.” The feeling is likely triggered not by some instinctive moral compass, however.

In fact, it’s likely that many people’s revulsion to eating horse meat comes from the Roman Catholic Church, as far back as the eighth century.  Popes Zachary and Gregory III both instructed St. Boniface, a German missionary, to discourage those he converted from eating horse meat because it was tied to pagan ritual. As Christianity spread, the attempt to stop “heathen” practices eventually morphed into a general religious taboo against horse meat, which has lasted into the present day.

4. Horse Meat Is Both Tasty and Good for You

Here’s the dirty little secret about horse meat: it may be the best “red meat” out there. Though the taste of horse varies, the general consensus is that the meat is tender and sweet, like a blend between beef and venison (deer).

Beyond its taste, however, horse meat is also incredibly good for you, and is USDA-recommended. It’s low in fat, very high in protein, and has double the iron of lean beef and other meats. It also has a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight stroke, heart disease and neural degeneration.

If the U.S. government lifts its ban on horse meat and slaughterhouses, it will also open an avenue for the federal government to regulate/test for acceptable levels of possible dangerous chemicals such as “Bute” commonly used as a pain killer in performance horses.  Some people include de-wormer medication use in the argument against consumption of horse meat as well, but studies would likely reveal that horses expel   toxins faster than cattle and other livestock raised for consumption where it’s use (de-wormer) is common, because horses have lower fat body composition and possibly higher metabolism.



Thirsty Thursday

The theme for today will probably through time encompass lots of concepts, related to hunger and thirst.  Food and agriculture should be my focus after my recent AgChat conference experience where I got lots of good advice and training about social media opportunities, as well as met so many great people; but people also thirst for other things….many people think of thirst for power, for example.  But  today I focus on my personal recognition of my thirst for success (financial).  I have always tried to be a really good person.  But sometimes it seems like being a good person does not help you be successful in life, which has always puzzled me greatly.  So I continue to ponder.  But at this point in my life I am devoting tons of energy and focus towards making my dream of the miniature gypsy horse come into being.  I am amazed when I run into opposition to the idea.  But that is a really long term effort on my and my family’s part.  And I have to be thankful for the successes (non-financial)  in life which I have had, including being blessed to have a supportive family.

Short term goals for being successful right now include being involved with a business family I am really impressed with:  Visalus.

This company, Visalus, has amazing people as leaders.  The primary product of the company is a protein (soy) based powder meal replacement that is of the highest quality available within the competitive market.  This recent few months have seen a bunch of athletes and body builders get involved, because of the opportunities the product and the company offer.   Personally, I and my family use the protein Vi-shake to help limit calories since we are “easy keepers” like our cob ponies….but it is a product that is a nutritional supplement not only for those who want to build muscle mass, but those who need to maintain muscle mass without the extra calories, those with health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol or digestive issues such as post gastric surgery.  But the most magical thing about the Vi-shake product is that is tastes SO GOOD!  and of course, you can use it as the basis for a multitude of fruity or frozen shakes to build variety in your diet (as well as adding it into other food dishes to add nutritional value!).

To find out a little bit more about Visalus, please visit my website:

And to see one of the three founders of Visalus at work, watch this:  (I guess making flip videos and driving is not against the law in California!)

I am also currently involved in a CEO course offered by another of the three founders of Visalus (Ryan Blair), and at the beginning I am being reminded of the things that make people successful:  unwavering commitment to success.  I will likely be sharing some of these Youtube videos quite often because they really do contain information that cannot be disputed contain great advice for anyone.  But it reinforces why I believe Visalus is a great company and I agree with Blake Mallen in his video above; this company is going far.  I invite you to join with me on the ride!