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Amish and Modern Rider
Before a long line of large barn stands on the Georgia National Fair Grounds, I was interested to see a dozen of horses: draught horse, lightweight harnesses, riding saddles, burros and stallions were shown in the car park by mainly Amish and Mennonite herders. Many of them have been won from Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio for the Big Perry Sale, the biggest horse and coach sale in the southeast of the United States.
Still in the afternoon followers moved in, who carried everything with themselves, from bales of dishes and drawing pins over all kinds of coaches and agricultural machines up to wood tools and pieces of childiture. When the lorry came to a stop, two young men in Amish clothes jumped out of the back seat of the taxi.
Its cattle stall was not more than 20 ft long, but it was a sturdy pile of horse meat. This was a worrying sequence and exactly what caused the Amish to be negatively criticized. However, for the horse rider it is almost not possible to refer to the mentality of the Amish, who for the most part still lived in the 19th cen.
We are just too far away from the generation before us; our forefathers, who needed draught beasts to control their being. There is no prospect of what it was like to harness a horse every single day we had to go to the city. For the Mennonites of the Amish and Ancient Order, however, this is their ordinary everyday life.
However, it is possible to get a glimpse of our own life and to provide a framework for the period when horse power was not hidden under the bonnet of your vehicle in the parking lot, but chewed hey in the barns. Now, let's go back in again in history, about a hundred years ago - that's what happend to them.
Everywhere were draught cattle that pulled everything: the dairy truck, the tram, the schools coach, the post truck, cargo, fire trucks and homes that went to Mass on Sundays. A few of them took very good charge of their horse, others did not. They collapsed, horse-drawn carriages were involved in collisions and when draught livestock ceased to be useful, they were sold locally, at the abattoir or in the port.
"It is very hard for us to see the horse as a human being in the 19th century," John Parker said in a recent speech to the Caribbean Association of America, Parker is an experienced coach driver, coach history and principal of the B.Driving Society, "People did not like the way we do today, animals were a tool; a means of transport.
" The way societies have developed has also led to a change in attitude towards the protection of wildlife. Browse the New York Times on-line archives and you will find a dozen messages of horror against horse that go back over the whole story of the paper. Since the 18th c. there have been rules governing the handling of migratory cattle.
It was a much acclaimed time for many, especially pet groups. In the same way that some humans misused their pets hundreds of years ago, some of the local populations will still misuse pets today and they are not always Amish. In a certain group of individuals, e.g. Amish, Mennonite or "English", a proportion of the curtains are considered perpetrators.
However, for those who rely on their pets to make a living, the proportion of perpetrators is much lower; it is just not profit. Especially for leisure horse owner the most important catalyst for misuse is a complete absence of information and negligence. This is clearly not the case for the Amish who daily work with their horse.
In fact, the lives of an Amish horse are very different from those of a horse kept for rest. In general, it is not customary for horse riders to see a horse that is used every day for important work. When they meet the Amish horse who has been towing a stroller across the streets of a small Pennsylvanian city for a lifetime, they are often appalled at the contrasts.
It is frightening for leisure riders and even professionals in the leisure horse sector to see the differences between a show horse and a horse that is used every day as a draught horse. Though we are used to the fact that the horse that is very healthy works hard in competitions, polo ponies come to our minds, or maybe thoroughbreds.
There are many differences in the look of a migratory primate. Tournament and leisure horses are kept at a very high level. This horse, which is used as a everyday rider, is certainly not a spoiled domesticate. When it' s warm, a dog will dry a fur while it waits in the shadow or in the open air and then goes on its next messenger run.
Perspiration, which forms a foam under a harness, is drying and baking. It takes long periods of harness use, wounds can grow and over the course of the years the coat does not grow back to protect the areas of attrition. It's not a nice view, but is it misuse? An adjudicator in the ring at Walnut Hill would apologize to a rider who presented a horse that appeared like this - maybe even a request.
Don't make a fool out of it, the Amish are proud of their horse. A horse used during the course of the working day to take the children to and from the schools is not the same horse that the families pull to Mass on Sundays. Amish may be known as "the common people," but they value a chic horse as much as anyone else.
When a horse is dependent on the essentials for its day-to-day work, the harsh reality is. This means that the roads of the town were no longer clad with fertiliser and the smell of it did not fill the atmosphere. It was not unusual in major towns like London or New York before 1910 to see corpses of corpses of deceased horse on the roadside awaiting removal.
Even though man has profited from the invention of the car, the horse may have profited even more. Free from the load of being the engine of transport, it can at last be fully valued for the great being. Like us, the lives of the ordinary horse today are so far away from its forebears that the difference could fill volume on its own.
Returning to the exhibition centre in Georgia, sales began punctually at nine o'clock in the mornings. At first, coaches were sold at auction, followed by draught horse, harness and riding horse. Throughout the sale of the bangs, a superb squad of four well-matched Haflinger Ponys attracted a great deal of interest and interest from the numerous visitors and purchasers.
Their Amish owner/trainer had them rely on a forecast cart and was proud to demonstrate the young team's outstanding manner under the harness in a closed, loud area. The Amish rider kept them calm and under full command as he manoeuvred them up the alley and into the grandstand. When he had arrived at the end of the stall, the rider turned his horse over by carrying out a flawless fan manoeuvre in which the cart stayed steady, while the crew "fanned" him evenly in a constant side pull.
In the USA I often wonder if this standard would not have been totally gone if it hadn't been for the Amish. Leisure and business transport companies often rely on the Amish and Mennonites to provide secure and dependable draught cattle. We' re buying Amish tableware and handmade coaches.
Amish are the biggest buyers of standard ponies who have withdrawn from the course. In the north-eastern United States, there is a good chance that the grass you are feeding your horse comes from an Amish or Mennonite farmer'sield. Misuse is never unacceptable, but perhaps the Amish are an easily accessible goal due to their high level of awareness as a horse-run group.
Amish may seem strange to some, a purely touristic destination to many, but they are a intriguing, precious part of US civilization and heritage. It may be a matter of imagination to be able to go back in again, but while we can still go to Amish Land, it doesn't seem so unattainable, at least for riders.
Born in Florida and a lifelong horse lover, she currently lives in Europe, where she likes to ride a horse, drive a coach and is always on the lookout for new horse experience.