“Is It Edible?”

We were playing I Spy at a Mexican restaurant here in Michigan because Mexican restaurants, with their brightly decorated chairs, tables, and walls, make for the best I Spy games.

It was our daughter’s turn and we’d narrowed it down to something gray or brown, part of a painting, above table level.

Then I asked, “Is it edible?”

When she said, “Yes.” I immediately identified her object as a horse. And also immediately realized I needed to make sure she knew that American’s don’t typically eat horses.

It’s not like there’s a big “horse” section at the butchers’ but it’s not uncommon either. Horses are great for riding when you’re off to war, gathering herds, moving your home, going into town, etc. But they don’t live forever and their fur can be used for boots, their meat for dinner.

Horse & garlic soup is the Mongolian equivalent of Chicken Noodle soup. It’s possible we had horse ribs on Soldier’s Day when we were celebrating with friends; we think they told us the meat was horse but our listening skills aren’t that great yet so we’re not 100% sure. We were guests so we ate what was put in front of us. And I think I prefer horse ribs to sheep intestines, so there’s that.

What does horse taste like? Meat. I don’t have a discerning meat palate.

Side note: horse hair boots are cheaper than reindeer boots; you can tell the difference because horse hair is shorter and reindeer fur looks like it has cowlicks. I left me reindeer boots in Mongolia when we embarked on this “short” “vacation” to the US nine months ago and not being able to wear them this winter is sad and frustrating.

Now you know.

2 thoughts on ““Is It Edible?”

  1. Yeah, we almost exclusively bought horse meat in Mongolia. It was cheaper than beef and we couldn’t tell the difference at all. Horse burgers were not uncommon in our house, haha. It’s always funny to tell Americans about it, though! Love that your daughter is already normalized to that!


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