A friend from college sent me this video out of Oregon:
So, is this some kind of joke or what? Regardless, the topic alone is altogether gross
I remember seeing horse cold cuts for the first time in the Netherlands. Odd, but not gross. I've cleaned more horse tenderloins than I care to think about. Total PITA product; the meat is really soft, requiring more finesse and a sharper knife than beef or pork (I've dealt with Mexican and Finnish horse meat, fwiw.) Always seems to come with a load of myoglobin to be drained away too. I've no qualms with it, but I've never gotten around to tasting it somehow. I don't think horses are raised specifically for meat btw, just slaughtered when they're not otherwise economically valuable. I would imagine it's a better life than most cows, pigs or chickens get.
Years ago when my husband and I started dating (his parents are Dutch immigrants) they had horse meat on the table at lunchtime. They wouldn't tell me what it was, but just that it was a Dutch delicacy, so I gave it a try. It was ok... a bit too salty for my taste but otherwise ok. Then they told me it was horse and I was really surprised. I still ate it knowing what it was, but it's something I wouldn't go out of my way to buy.