You know that feeling: It's just you and your horse, out for a ride through a field, enjoying your time together with nothing else cluttering your connection. It's like you're one with your horse, right? I've had a few of those rides, and I wouldn't have traded anything in the world for them. After all, what else could make you more one with your horse than that?

How about injecting yourself with your horse's blood? Too much … connection? Apparently it wasn't too much for one French artist who took connecting with a horse in a more literal sense.

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Laval-Jeantet and her artistic partner Benoit Mangin came up with the concept "May the Horse Live in Me," in which Laval-Jeantet was injected with horse blood plasma for a performance act that included a live demonstration and a "communication ritual" with the donor horse.

It may sound a little (oh…how do you say "cuckoo" in French? Insensé?) dangerous for people to go around injecting themselves with their favorite horse's blood all willy-nilly. And most would caution against it. Laval-Jeantet reported that she (had the sense to) prepared her body by injecting herself with animal antibodies for several months in order to build up a tolerance. Then, prior to the performance she was injected with horse blood plasma, containing a "full spectrum of immunoglobins," which she reported didn't provoke an allergic reaction.

Shew! I mean, seriously, I wouldn't want to have to worry about this sane woman’s physical health, when we all know she's perfectly sound in the head for wanting to do such an act, right?

The artist claims she felt "hyper-powerful, hyper-sensitive, and hyper-nervous." She said she felt "all the emotions of a herbivore" (which leads me to ask how herbivores have different emotions than carnivores or omnivores).

The video included in the blog "Ghost Theory" shows highlights from the performance art event, which included Laval-Jeantet strapping on hooved stilts and walking around with the donor horse for the "communication ritual." She said she felt that the stilts helped "her feel 'at one' with the horse." I think the horse had to be a saint to be standing in that room with the crowd of people (who would pay to see this, anyway?) and a crazy woman basically wanted to go all vampire on him.

Call me uncultured, but I just don't see how this is art. To me it's basically a someone wanting to attract attention and cash in on the latest vampire trend.

Would you call this art?