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?

What do you think?

Bob Boze Bell

In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.