Five and 10. Do it again!

Galloping Horse by Bob Langrish. By Permission.
Galloping Horse by Bob Langrish. By Permission.

We sent a shout out via email about our Fall Matching Gift fundraising campaign.

In our shout out we wrote:

Anniversary

We will be 15 years old on October 23. We love your acknowledging this with your $23.00 donations. They have all been doubled to $64.00. Hooray!

Ummm, $23.00 x 2 = $46.00 not $64.00. Our generous benefactor, being the kind gentleman that he is, decided that he would honor our inadvertent slip up and all $23.00 donations in response to that email became an instant $64.00 donation. How about that?

Well, the generosity continues.

Our supporter is now guaranteeing the following offer:

In honor of your 15 year anniversary on October 23rd — I will double all $23.00 donations to $46.00 and $15.00 donations to $30.00 — for the next 24 hours starting the moment you hit the “send” button to make sure you reach your goal.

Make a Donation »

• Make a $30 donation. Sign up to give $5 a month for 6 months. It cancels automatically. Truly! Note: $15.00 of that will be matched right now.

Thank you everyone for your kindness and generosity.

Best wishes, The Horse Fund

Vegan pumpkin coffee cake with pecan crumb

Okay. I missed my regular Thursday post (sorry!) but here I am still in time for the weekend. You haven’t done your food shopping yet have you?

You have been writing me saying “more pumpkin recipes please”. I’m on it!

Vegan Richa's Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb. Yummmm! Click image for all 25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall.
Vegan Richa’s Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb. Yummmm! Click image for all 25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall.

If you are in a hurry, go here now for 25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes and check out all the yummies there »

I made this coffee cake Wednesday morning cause I had a bag of pecans I was munching on (I got them to bake with but . . . ) and then I saw this recipe. Oh my. Ohhhhhhhhh my!

Here’s Ms Hingle’s description:

Easy 1 Bowl Pumpkin Cake, topped with Chai Spice Pecan Streusel. Just 15 mins prep. Soft, Spiced, Delicious. Makes 1 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 inch brownie pan.

Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb

Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb

by VeganRicha »

Ingredients

Dry:
1—1/2 cups flour (I generally use a mix of Spelt/Wheat and unbleached all purpose)
½ cup powdered vegan sugar (Use 2 tbsp more for sweeter)
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 to 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice ( or 11/2 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, ¼ to ⅓ tsp nutmeg, ⅛ tsp cloves)
3 to 4 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans

Wet:
1 cup pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix
½ cup non dairy milk (almond or soy or lite coconut)
3 to 4 Tbsp oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Streusel
6 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp granulated sugar , optional
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or chai spice or a mix of cardamom and cinnamon
1/3 tsp salt
2.5 tbsp refined coconut oil
US Customary – Metric

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a brownie pan with parchment. In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients and whisk well.

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix to just about combine. Let it sit for 2 minutes, then mix again to ensure there are no dry flour streaks. Pour the thick batter into the brownie pan. Even it out using a spatula.

Make the Streusel by mixing everything in a bowl with your fingers or a spoon until crumbly, Add a tsp or so more oil if needed.

Sprinkle all over the cake and evenly spread. Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes. Test with a toothpick from the center.

Cool completely before slicing. Serve with turmeric pumpkin spice latte.. For a decadent dessert, add a light drizzle of plain sugar icing.

What other types of vegan recipes are you interested in? One writer suggested vegan treats for trick or treat-ers coming to a door near you. I’ll see what’s out there then see you back here real soon. And on time!

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Tennessee Walking Horses and Marsha Blackburn

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.
Chemical “soring”. Image from 2015 HSUS horse soring investigation.

INTRODUCTION

For those of you who know little about the political history of horse soring, this is an excellent piece. For those of you who have good knowledge of it, this is still highly informative. Brilliantly written.

What is horse soring?

Soring is the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Caustic chemicals—blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene—are applied to the horse’s limbs, causing extreme pain and suffering. Chains are also applied to exacerbate the pain. Numerous nails are sometimes driven into the hooves.

Horse soring radiograph. USDA image.
Horse soring x-ray. Some 49 nails were used to hold the pads together on this Tennessee Walking Horse. USDA image.

Via The Chattanoogan, October 10, 2018

OPINION

Last month the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration crowned its World Grand Champion is Shelbyville.

The show is unusual because it has inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – a rarity for any horse show in the United States. The reason: for 50 years, some trainers and owners in the industry have abused Tennessee Walking horses in order to cheat and give them a leg up on their competition.

The legendary Howard Baker (R-TN), helped shepherd to passage the Horse Protection Act in 1970 to crack down on these trainers injuring horses to cause them so much pain that they step higher after putting their tender feet on the ground — it’s like walking barefoot on hot asphalt.

The old-timers in the breed have said that Steve Hill, a well-known top trainer in the industry, utilized some chemical agents for the purpose of healing on Talk of the Town, the 1951, 1952 and 1953 World Grand Champion that was considered “unbeatable” by those competing against him.

None of the other horses performed quite like Talk of the Town, and trainers couldn’t compete so more and more trainers began practicing this egregious abuse by utilizing mustard oil to burn the skin around the horses’ ankles, and in some circumstances even placed barbwire around the ankle to create the reaction that later became known as the “big lick.”

The Act was well intended, and the result of some compromises that marked the first federal law designed specifically to help the iconic American equines we all revere. But the law is in need of a serious upgrade, because trainers have figured a way around the proscriptions in the law.

In an ideal circumstance the Act should have eliminated to use of stacked shoes or pads, and action devices now known as ankle chains, but it didn’t, and those devices are still highly utilized in 2018.

But there is reason for optimism. Veterinarian U.S. Reps. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), along with U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Mark Warner (D-TN) have introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation known as the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, H.R. 1847/ S. 2957 that would close the loopholes in the Horse Protection Act by eliminating the large stacked shoes and ankle chains, increasing the penalties, and eliminating the industry’s failed self-policing system by replacing it with licensed USDA contract inspectors, all at no cost to the taxpayer.

This is the third Congress in six years that this legislation has been introduced, and now has over 300 Members of the House and Senate as cosponsors.

But it hasn’t moved. Why? Because the scofflaws’ political protectors, such as U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), have gone to great lengths to block the bill and are watching out for their campaign contributors in the industry rather than working to encourage protection of the horses.

For many years, political pressure from my fellow Republicans in Tennessee and Kentucky backed down the federal government, preventing the USDA from enforcing the Act that Senator Baker and Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD) worked so diligently to pass.

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign announced that ads would hit the airwaves on April 27 in "all" major and small markets across Tennessee and run for a total of 14 weeks. Blackburn is running to succeed retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who is stepping down after two terms. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign announced that ads would hit the airwaves on April 27 in “all” major and small markets across Tennessee and run for a total of 14 weeks. Blackburn is running to succeed retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who is stepping down after two terms. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It all boils down to money. Dozens of violators of the Act continue to fill Blackburn and others’ campaign coffers with money made on the backs of injured horses. It seems Blackburn cares much more about snatching Senator Bob Corker’s seat, than supporting the will of the American people, her constituents, and the best interest of the voiceless animals that are so rampantly abused in the state.

I know firsthand what great lengths the pro-soring will go to in order to protect their habit, as a former Tennessean, past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, eight-time world champion and lifelong supporter of the breed. When the PAST was first introduced in 2013, Blackburn, introduced a phony reform bill that would only codify the industry’s self-policing program that the USDA’s own Inspector General deemed corrupt.

Even the University of Tennessee recognizes that the big lick pain-based gait is something the public will no longer tolerate – they disallowed the exhibition of the World Grand Champion at the UT homecoming game, a long-standing tradition in the state, until several years ago. I hope that on Nov. 6 Tennesseans will step up and take action against soring by sending Marsha Blackburn back home to Tennessee.

Marty Irby
Executive Director at Animal Wellness Action in Washington, D.C. and a past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association


Vote Blackburn Out of DC

Tennesseans, remember Marsha Blackburn and her hideous track record of allying herself for money with the henious horse soring crowd when you go to the voting booth.

This country and the country’s horses deserve to be rid of her.

Related Reading

Tuesday’s Horse

Veterinarians oppose Blackburn Bill »

Soring bill advocates blame Blackburn, McConnell for lack of action »

Roy Exum: Blackburn draws fury for supporting horse soring »

The Horse Fund

Horse Soring Fact Sheet »

Horse Soring FAQs »

Horse Soring Images »

Billy Go Boy

Billy Go Boy website »

Billy Go Boy on Facebook »

Video

What does horse soring cruelty look like? Like this.

Big Lick” Animal Cruelty – 2 Year Old Tennessee Walking Horses – Asheville, NC – Oct. 6, 2018

See Also

Soring the PAST Act USDA Booklet (pdf, 60 pp) »

Vote. Blackburn. Out.

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Instant Pot Vegan Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa.
Picture source: VeganRicha.com. Click to visit her website.

Hey there. This is so amazing. I caught it on Instagram. It’s by Richa Hingle (@veganricha) which means it is totally deluxe. Everything she does is . . . !

The weather is only just beginning to make me want this type of comfort food. What about you?

admit, I had to go out and buy an Instant Pot. Seems everybody had one but me and I was thinking, um what’s the fuss about. Now I know. Check this out.

Check her out on Insta here: https://www.instagram.com/veganricha/.

Go to her website for a written list of ingredients and more » Oh, and she has directions there to make this soup in a regular pot too.

More

If you love lentils, you must try this one too by Vegan Richa — Lentil Brown Rice Soup »

Instant Pots

I found this so helpful at Amazon:

In an ideal world, you might enjoy a well-equipped kitchen collection, complete with slow cooker, pressure cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, rice cooker and more. In reality, how many of us really have the cabinet or counter space to store all these appliances? Enter the Instant Pot. This handy appliance offers models ranging from 6-in-1 to 10-in-1, and can tackle all kinds of culinary chores. “Instant Pot” is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to multi cookers, and we can see why. Instant Pot plays the multi cooker game like no other, and has some top notch products on the market.

My Choice

Here’s what I got. It comes in 3 Qt, 6 Qt and 8 Qt. I got the 6 quart one. It really makes all of these goodies. Imagine that.

Gift yourself or someone you really love — good cook, bad cook, indifferent cook.  It will not end up in basement or attic. It does so much!

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Instant Pot at Amazon.com. Click to shop.
Click to shop at Amazon.com.

Yessss! See you again here real soon.

Google free image.
Yes. We’re Vegan. Google free image.

Vivian Says

Sorry, I must chime in. I may be on the wrong post. Ooops! Oh well.

As Patsy mentioned I adore Richa Hingle’s (VeganRicha’s) food.

Vegan Tikka Masala

My favourite is Richa’s cauliflower tikka masala. To live for.

https://www.veganricha.com/2018/09/instant-pot-tikka-masala-sauce-vegan-recipe.html

Look at the sauce…!

VeganRicha's Vegan Tikka Masala Sauce with Cauliflower.
VeganRicha’s Vegan Tikka Masala Sauce with Cauliflower.

Yes, this is also made in an Instant Pot.

We are all buying an Instant Pot ha ha ha! Is it on your Christmas list yet? Get it on there then.

Find it on Amazon.com and “save it for later” and grab it during their Black Friday Sale.

I also love everything on this page:

https://www.veganricha.com/category/cheese »

But especially this, https://www.veganricha.com/2018/01/fettuccine-with-caramelized-onions-greens-and-vegan-feta.html »

Gotta sweet tooth?

Go here. I warn you though! You will never be the same. https://www.veganricha.com/popular-vegan-dessert-recipes

Cheers everyone. V.