[KS] Korean ponies' breakfast?
hoffmann at koreanstudies.com
Fri Apr 1 02:02:55 EDT 2016
Happy First of April!
But I still have a highly serious question.
Where does the Korean pony come from, and why does it only dine the
finest soy bean soup with rice, and only drinks hot water? Anyone knows
where that comes from, and for how long the Korean pony 'exists' as
Q u o t e s :
"And such a small Korean pony is a very spoiled little animal; even it
literally demands its cooked breakfast. This may sound strange but it's
that way, and that is undoubtedly quite unique in the world. In Korea
there is no forage grass, and therefore no hay. Cattle are fed like
horses with a mixture of straw and beans, which is half-cooked and fed
hot with plenty of warm water. Never did I see a horse in Korea, even
in the strongest heat, that would drink cold water." (1901)
"Und so'n kleiner koreanischer Pony ist ein ganz verwöhntes Tierchen,
der sogar buchstäblich sein warmes Frühstück verlangt. Das klingt
merkwürdig, ist aber so und steht zweifelsohne ganz einzig in der Welt
da. In Korea giebt es kein Futtergras, also auch kein Heu. Man füttert
Rindvieh wie Pferde mit einem Gemisch von Häcksel und Bohnen, das halb
gar gekocht und mit reichlich Wasser warm vorgesetzt wird. Niemals habe
ich in Korea ein Pferd auch bei stärkster Hitze kaltes Wasser saufen
Bruno Knochenhauer, _Korea: Vortrag, gehalten in der Abteilung
Berlin-Charlottenburg der Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft_ (1901)
"The Korean Pony (prototype of the Japanese pony) is one of the most
salient features of Korea. The breed is peculiar to it. The animals
used for burdens are all stallions, from 10 to 12 hands high, well
formed, and singularly strong, carrying from 160 to 200 lbs. 30 M.
[miles] a day, week after week, on sorry food. (...) They are fed three
times a day on brown slush as hot as they can drink it, composed of
[soy] beans, chopped millet-stalks, rice-husks, and bran, with the
water in which they have been boiled. Every attempt at friendliness is
resented with teeth and heels." (1914)
T. Philip Terry, _Terry's Japanese Empire_ (1914)
One of James Scarth Gale's sketches (in his _Korean Sketches_) also
describes these special dining habits.
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