OK. So I'm no food expert, I mean sure, I know some things about protein and nutritional labels and blah, but I do know a bit about horses (and learning)... this means that I'm one of those people who loves to talk about horses all the time, if I hear the word "horse" across the room my ears perk up.
With that being said, a friend of mine who is a vegan brought to my attention what gelatin contains. Wikipedia is not of course the most reputable of all sources since it isn't exactly a scholarly journal, but it actually does have a lot of interesting information, most of it factual despite the occasional flaw.
I pulled the excerpt from the following link Gelatin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gelatin is a mixture of peptides
produced by partial hydrolysis
extracted from the skin, boiled crushed horn, hoof and bones, connective tissues, organs and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle
, and horses
. Food-grade gelatin is produced mainly from two raw materials, beef skin and pig hide. [nb: the chart below says the inverse]. Photographic and pharma grades of gelatin are generally made from beef bones, although some beef bone gelatin is used by the food industry. Gelatin is an animal protein unlike many other gelling agents used by the food industry.
Although I'm not sure if the gelatin in Jello and other food products contains horse or not, that isn't something I'm willing to risk.
I don't know where the line is drawn, but I have a lot of suspicion for the food industry and how it impacts horses. Not a few months ago there were recalls for pre-made dinners and European meals that contained horse meat.
Basically, I figured I'd get my voice out on here and just let everyone know that there are some bad things that happen that impact horses. I know how cruel the food industry can be (and I'm SURE I don't really know the full extent of it) to other animals too, but horses are different to me.
I guess I'm just saying look at your lifestyle choices and how they impact horses. Because if we want the world to change for the better, we can't sit by and watch other people shape it. It's our world too and if we want horses to live happily, we have to make that happen to the best of our ability.
God bless you all :)
and thanks for reading my opinion