What an incredible island. And incredible mangoes. We’ll never forget swimming with the horses, sitting on their bare backs in our bathing suits, their bodies submerged — and ours half-submerged — under the warm, clear turquoise water. Thank you Eliza & Henry and Nikki and Blue and Dakota.
Retailers in the UK and Ireland initially recalled approximately 10 million pounds of hamburger after three beef processors were discovered distributing hamburger patties containing both pig and horse DNA.
It was DNA testing as part of a quality assurance test that originally revealed the presence of horsemeat in beef products in mid-January. As of today, nothing definitive has been proven regarding the scandal, but all of Europe’s health ministers are gathering in Brussels to talk about what should be done. As many as 16 EU countries have revealed that beef sold in those countries contains horsemeat.
There is no government-based DNA testing of meat here in the US (although the technology is available here and in use by private companies selling Black Angus beef). And while it’s unlikely that any of our own beef contains horse, since there are currently no slaughter plants in the US, one has to wonder about the past.
As horsemen, we’ve likely all given our horses bute, at one time or another. Many of us have administered it more times than we can count. That’s been the big lie within the bigger lie of “100% beef,” certainly abroad and likely here in the US as well.
Time for another happy dance!
From the island of Sotra in Norway, and someone wonderful enough to have filmed and posted it:
This sculpture portrays the denouement of the poem Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns. Tam is mounted on his grey mare Meg and is being chased by a young witch. We see that the witch has just caught up with Tam and has grabbed his horse from behind…
….Now, do thy speedy utmost, Meg,
And win the key-stane o’ the brig;
There at them thou thy tail may toss,
A running stream they dare na cross. [witches and water don't mix]
Whether your horse has a woeful tail or a gorgeous tail, you can improve it.
With coconut oil.
It’s the trendy substance right now for healthy cooking.
Some of us have discovered how great it is for skin care, as a hand cream or bath oil.
African-Americans have been it on hair for a long time. And the rest of us are now catching up.
Whether the hair is in the boudoir or in the barn, the secret of coconut oil is out.
And what is the secret exactly? It turns out that coconut oil has a unique ability to bind to the protein structure of hair and to seal moisture inside the hair shaft. After a coconut oil treatment, hair feels soft and silky while looking thicker. Sounds like the recipe for a perfect tail, doesn’t it?
Long before I began cooking with it, I read about using coconut oil on horse’s tails in a thread on the ultimatedressage.com bulletin board. I tried it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my horses’ tails. And that’s why I want to share it with you.
Have you ever gotten to the barn after work, in a bad mood, having eaten nothing since lunch, then rushed to get on your horse and had a bad ride?
Have you ever known that you’re hungry or thirsty or both and decided that there was no time to eat or drink anything, so you got on your horse and had a bad ride?
Have you ever gotten up way before the crack of dawn to get to a horse show and decided you could do without eating and had a bad ride?
Now, of course, it’s always possible to have a bad ride, and you can’t blame everything on what you ate (or didn’t eat). But riding on empty can turn a good ride into a bad ride, and a bad ride into a worse ride.
Your body just doesn’t work as well when you’re hungry or dehydrated (even slightly). Mentally, you can become slow or foggy. Emotionally, it can be difficult to keep things in perspective. And spiritually…well, it worked for Mahatma Gandhi, but chances are that starvation won’t work for you when you put on your jodhpurs.
Eat, drink and be merry. It works for holiday parties and it works for riders in the saddle, all year long.
I know it works for me. I eat often. Not a lot but a lot of times a day (at least four). I like to graze so much, I might be a reincarnated herbivore, a horse perhaps (those who live in the land of jodhpurs understand, I’m sure).