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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 8 01:50 AM

Feb 8th, 2019: Horse Hide

Kofta Studio in Kiev uses horse hides to make shoulder bags, clutches, and backpacks.
To us itís unusual but there are plenty of hides available because Europe, South America, and Asia enjoy horse in large quantities.
The hides are vegetable tanned, shaped, and hand painted.
I don't think they need all that much leather because I think the shapes and prices kind of limit their market.




Ask the man on the street if we eat horse meat in the US and youíll probably get a no. But we do, they do, some do.
During the great depression and WW II we ate what we could get, which included a lot of horse flesh.
Prior to 2007 there were three horse processing plants in the US, but by 2013 it was zero.
Itís coming back though, mainly as high end fare for the rich and famous, but it may trickle down.
I remember reading decades ago there was two Boeing 707s flying between Canada and France just shuttling horse meat.




We have an excess of horses, exacerbated by the John Waynes overgrazing on our land, so thereís not enough food for the wild horses.
Why should Alpo get the best cuts?

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Big Sarge  Friday Feb 8 06:14 AM

We make shoes and boots out of horsehide in the US. I think most people don't realize cordovan leather is horsehide.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 8 12:04 PM

Nobody would blink an eye at Cordovan leather shoes. Horsehide chaps and whips have flown under the radar for years. A backpack looking like a truck tire or clutch purse looking like a brick might attract more attention.



BigV  Monday Feb 11 08:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Big Sarge View Post
We make shoes and boots out of horsehide in the US. I think most people don't realize cordovan leather is horsehide.
And baseballs

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