Where can I get good quality horse meat? Page 3

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  • disusedgenius 16 Jan 2013 12:51:25 5,147 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Shark does for a lovely dinner too.
    Whale > all other meat
  • Deckard1 16 Jan 2013 12:52:03 25,495 posts
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  • sport 16 Jan 2013 13:01:31 12,059 posts
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    Just found horse in my couscous! Fuckin Tescos!
  • kalel 16 Jan 2013 13:03:32 84,032 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Are they really that more expensive than cows to keep? Yes riding horses will be but your common pikey horse I wouldn't have thought so.
    In France there's reasonably high demand for horse meat and you can get it in a lot of restaurants, but like duck or venison, but like those animals it's not farmed in the same way as cows, chickens and sheep because again, it just doesn't quite work.

    There's lots of factors that come into play like how long they take to reach maturity. how easily they breed, how much edible meat there is in ratio to the effort in rearing etc etc.

    Again, there's demand and they are therefore farmed to some extent, but horse will never be the new cow in terms of how much we eat it and it has nothing to do with our relationship with horses. It's pure practicality.
  • Deckard1 16 Jan 2013 13:09:36 25,495 posts
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    Yeah but the french would eat pureed baby shit if you popped a clove of garlic into it. I'm not disagreeing with you that practicality comes into it, but I still think mans relationship and history with horses plays a big part in why its not eaten.

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  • kinky_mong 16 Jan 2013 13:13:58 9,609 posts
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    CosmicFuzz wrote:
    MrTomFTW wrote:
    I went to the fridge this morning to check on my Tesco burgers AND THEY'RE OFF!
    Simply wonderful.
    Not when you already saw the same joke three times on Facebook before. All these rubbish horse puns are enough to make me bolt, I pray they won't be around furlong.

    I'll never get my Orc looking the same again.

  • kalel 16 Jan 2013 13:15:35 84,032 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Yeah but the french would eat pureed baby shit if you popped a clove of garlic into it. I'm not disagreeing with you that practicality comes into it, but I still think mans relationship and history with horses plays a big part in why its not eaten.
    Our relationship with animals is defined by what kind of use they can most be to us. The history and relationship we have with them is partly based on them being a bit of a ball-ache to farm and not all that tasty. Had that not been the case, we may well not have developed this special relationship with them.
  • Deckard1 16 Jan 2013 13:24:18 25,495 posts
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    The relationship was built on the fact they were used for transport though surely. And man built a companionship with them from there? I think that would have happened regardless of how easy they are to farm for food.

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  • Ultrasoundwave 16 Jan 2013 13:26:58 3,118 posts
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    As long as i havent eaten any of this horse, i can get over it :

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  • robthehermit 16 Jan 2013 14:46:11 3,831 posts
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    I'd eat horse. In fact I'd eat pretty much any meat as long as I knew what I was eating in advance. Untraceable stuff in burgers is well out of order though, if there's horse in there, fuck knows what else they've got.

    As for attachments to animals and what not, I ate some pork the other day that I'm reliably informed came from a pig called Bill. When I mentioned this to colleague she said she didn't think she could eat an animal that she knew the name of. I don't get why though. Meat is meat, knowing the name doesn't make it any less tasty.

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  • kalel 16 Jan 2013 14:53:22 84,032 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    The relationship was built on the fact they were used for transport though surely. And man built a companionship with them from there? I think that would have happened regardless of how easy they are to farm for food.
    Why didn't we decide to use cows for transport and eat horses?
  • MetalDog 16 Jan 2013 14:54:44 23,706 posts
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    What should be top priority is how the animal is treated before it's killed. As for our 'special relationship' with some animals - purely down to culture and convenience. If you run short of other food and you have an abundance of fluffy cute pets, it's not going to be long before people are sharing hamster-and-budgie stuffed dog recipes with each other.

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  • Deckard1 16 Jan 2013 14:54:59 25,495 posts
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    Because horses can run much faster and are easier to control?

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  • Deleted user 16 January 2013 14:57:38
    Cows (well, Oxen more specifically) were used more frequently to pull carts and whatnot in the early days of transport.
  • kalel 16 Jan 2013 14:59:02 84,032 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Because horses can run much faster and are easier to control?
    Partly (not sure about the latter actually, cows are very docile indeed), but lots of other factors as well made this the obvious way round to do it.

    I'm saying to you that it's not as simple as "we have a special relationship with horses so we don't eat them". It's more the other way round if anything. We were not eating them before we developed this special relationship.
  • Armoured_Bear 16 Jan 2013 15:00:13 8,782 posts
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    Horse is nice and popular in Switzerland, what is surprising is that it often comes from the US and Canada which would probably horrify plenty of North Americans.

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  • Deleted user 16 January 2013 15:01:37
    There's also the fact that cows were domesticated long before horses (some reckon a good 8,000 years inbetween).
  • Deckard1 16 Jan 2013 15:03:02 25,495 posts
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    Agree to disagree then.

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  • twelveways 16 Jan 2013 15:06:09 3,528 posts
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    A horse is more suitably shaped to ride without a saddle than a cow.
  • twelveways 16 Jan 2013 15:06:46 3,528 posts
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    faster too
  • kalel 16 Jan 2013 15:08:43 84,032 posts
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    I'm not suggesting cows are better to ride than horses.

    That is in fact the opposite of what I'm saying.
  • mrpon 16 Jan 2013 15:13:24 27,663 posts
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    twelveways wrote:
    A horse is more suitably shaped to ride without a saddle than a cow.
    Bareback kinda guy huh?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Trane 16 Jan 2013 15:14:09 4,050 posts
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    I have the urge to ride a cow, now.

    Thanks kalel.
  • Deckard1 16 Jan 2013 15:14:23 25,495 posts
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    Are you saying that we only started riding horses because they're bad to farm then?

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  • MetalDog 16 Jan 2013 15:18:56 23,706 posts
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    Not many creatures spines can take us riding around on them for hours at a time. Besides, horses make you look good, which is undoubtedly a factor.

    I was about to ask you all to imagine a famous portrait with a cow replacing the horse, but then I discovered a museum beat me to it.

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  • kalel 16 Jan 2013 15:20:54 84,032 posts
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    No, again, I'm saying the nature of their use to us defines our relationship with them. Not the other way round.
  • Syrette 16 Jan 2013 15:21:39 41,922 posts
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    Stickman wrote:
    Considering most of it is lips and anus, I don't really give a fuck what particular animal it's from.
    Mmm, my favourites...

  • RyanDS 16 Jan 2013 15:22:54 8,706 posts
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    disusedgenius wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    Shark does for a lovely dinner too.
    Whale > all other meat
    I found it really chewy and fatty to be honest. One of the few meats I will actively avoid due to taste.
  • twelveways 16 Jan 2013 15:24:28 3,528 posts
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    If it was for the cool factor then we would have been riding rhinos or armoured ostriches instead
  • Deckard1 16 Jan 2013 15:24:49 25,495 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    No, again, I'm saying the nature of their use to us defines our relationship with them. Not the other way round.
    Well yeah, I've haven't denied that, what I'm saying is we built a relationship with horses because we could ride them. They became companions that man used to take to war with them. A bond has been built up over thousands of years between the two species because of this relationship, which is why a lot of people would feel weird eating them. Regardless of whether or not they were easier to farm for food I believe this would have happened.

    Edited by Deckard1 at 15:25:19 16-01-2013

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