Horse milk has a rich history. Three to four thousand years ago in China, horse milk was known as a ‘cure-all’.
For the Greek, Romans and Egyptians horse milk was considered to provide long life, good health and lasting beauty. In fact, Alexander the Great commanded his cavalry to drink horse milk so they could be invincible.
Kumis, fermented mare’s milk, has been a staple among the people of the Central Asian Steppes drink among the people of the central Asian Steppes.
Kumis is made by fermenting raw unpasteurized mare ‘s milk over the course of hours or days, often while stirring or churning. (The physical agitation has similarities to making butter ). During the fermentation, Lactobacilli bacteria acidify the milk, and yeasts turn it into a carbonated and mildly alcoholic drink .
There are many people who believe that drinking horse milk has medical benefits.
According to the Draft Horse Journal:
The first reason for drinking horse milk is, of course, not cosmetic but medical, especially for metabolical, gastrointestinal and liver problems, but also for recovering after surgery and severe illness, cholesterol problems, allergy to cows’ milk, stress, skin problems, stiff joints or just to keep fit and well.
Horse milk strengthens the body, boosts the immune system and increases a person’s energy and vitality. In the case of metabolic disorders, it stimulates internal cleansing.
But, does it taste good with oreos?