Join Date: May 2010
Location: Queensland, Australia
I would never eat horse meat. My reason being that my best friend and I were sitting on the bus one day when the doggers truck went past. We're used to having the meatworks truck drive past covered in cowhide, but we weren't expecting a semi-trailer full of loose, terrified horses. There were older ones, nice young thoroughbreds, even what looked like some kid's riding pony. It made me feel completely sick. My best friend (who also rides and owns horses) whispered in my ear, "What if that pony was Fiona? What if that older horse was Barcoo? What if those thoroughbreds were Toby, Joe or Berrie?"
The whole bus went quiet. We'd never seen the truck before but it had the local doggers' sign on the side. One of my friends was like "Is that what happens when you stop riding horses?!" .. I had to explain that no, the pony of mine that she had ridden was down the back of the paddock, not being eaten by a foreigner. We got to school and told the biology teacher what we'd seen and she made this huge deal about how much she loved horse meat when she was in Paris and how she would love to have it again and asked me where I could get it. I was like "Miss, I'm the captian of the equestrian team, are you SERIOUSLY asking me this after what we'd just seen?"
That experience definately shook quite a few people, and I would never eat horse meat. If they could guarentee that they lived a good life and were treated with some kind of respect first, then possibly. But crammed in a truck and terrified? No. HELL no. But that's just my opinion...
...Every rider has that one horse that changes everything about them...