True West Moment: Horses Hate Horseradish

true west moments horses hate horseradish by bob boze bell
Illustration by Bob Boze Bell

Back in the old days the word “horse” was often used to describe something large. So, when the pioneers saw a large white radish, they put the two together and that’s how we got horseradish. Ironically, the plant contains glucosinolates and even a small dose can cause colic and digestive issues in the equine system, and yes, large amounts can kill a horse. Now that’s ironic, no?

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