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National Public Radio reports that just six months after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) lifted its ban on the slaughtering of horses for human consumption, a New Mexico rancher has applied for an application to reopen a former beef slaughterhouse as a place that would turn horses into food.

That said, the story notes that “the meat would be exported to Mexico, one of many countries where eating horsemeat is nothing to flick your tail at. Horse is also eaten frequently in Europe and Asia. And the Canadian grocery chain Metro lists 22 recipes for horse meat on its website.”

No sign that horsemeat is likely to become popular - or even widely available - in the US, where the consumption of horses has never been embraced by the general population.
KC's View:
Let’s face it. We think of horses, we think of Trigger. Silver. Scout. And all those other horses from those thrilling days of yesteryear when all a man really needed was a good horse, a comfortable saddle, and a prairie to ride.

I have to admit, though, that while it is hard for me to imagine eating horse, I was caught off guard when I saw in the NPR story that horse apparently tastes a little like kangaroo. Fact is, I’ve had kangaroo. In Australia. And I liked it a lot. (Waltzing Matilda, anyone?)

So maybe one man’s horse is another man’s kangaroo...