A True Work Horse

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A True Work HorseToday we took advantage of the wonderful autumn weather and rode out to Amish Country on the motorcycle.  We saw many horse and buggies on the road; a sight one hopes to see when visiting this part of Pennsylvania. 

I always admire the look of the horses we see as they are always a beautiful color and very trim from their work as transportation for their owners.  But today we had a close encounter with one horse that made me feel for those horses…this horse was forced to stop at a red traffic light three quarters of the way up a very steep grade of road on Route 41 heading south from Route 30 in Gap, Pennsylvania.  We were in the left lane of two lanes heading in the same direction and this horse did not want to stop his stride in the right lane next to us… he was sweating profusely and foaming from his mouth and his veins were very visible on the surface of his skin… he kept moving his head sideways…

It was hard for me to see his struggle as he wanted to keep moving… I have seen glimpses of horses really working hard on the road in and around Lancaster, but this was the most extreme for me to see so close.  What we see in postcards and in passing quickly on a flat road does not show it all.

These fine animals are true work horses and I only hope they are given the care and the well deserved rest they need at the end of every working day by their owners.

 

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Gloria Todor
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Thank you Andrew.  I bet my life would be a lot slower and less stressful!

Gloria

Sep 22, 2013 12:53 PM #2
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Sharon Lee
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It is amazing in this day and age that this lifestyle still continues.  Hopefully the horses do get taken care of

Sep 22, 2013 12:57 PM #3
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Gloria Todor
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Sharon, it is amazing.  It is a slower pace and intertwined with modern living.

Sep 22, 2013 02:09 PM #4
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Suzanne Taylor
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I have always felt a warm fuzzy when seeing a horse drawn carriage, not any more after reading your blog.

Sep 22, 2013 02:38 PM #5
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Gloria and Doug,

The first time I saw an Amish buggy and horse  in PA I thought I was sent back in time. What you described about that tired and worn out work horse reminded me of those horses in the old Civil War movies before they expired. My heart goes out to the horse that you described. There has to be a better life and a way to protect the horse. I'm sure he's not the only one and there must be more. I also wonder how well horses are being cared for in this economy. Although I read somthing strage awhile back saying there is a large population of Amish counted among the the wealthiest part of the nation. It does make you wonder, doesn't it?

Sep 22, 2013 10:24 PM #6
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Makes you wonder if the Amish are forgetting to adjust for all the extra weight their buggies have today. One horse pulling an enclosed buggy packed full seems a little light on the horse power.

Sep 22, 2013 11:27 PM #7
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Hi Gloria,

The Amish work hard themselves so I am sure they expect it from their horses too. But on the other hand, I think they probably take good care of them also so they will live a long and productive life. I took pictures when I was in the area several years ago and they are special in my memory book. It is amazing that the Amish have kept their cultural lifestyle for so many years and have not had to change much. They do have running water and electricity; thank goodness.

Sep 23, 2013 02:36 AM #8
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Gloria Todor
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Hi Suzanne, Sorry for that but I have a friend who has horses and is in many circles with other horse people and she is the one who made me think differently about how things are with some horse owners, including the Amish.

Thanks for stopping by.

Gloria

Sep 23, 2013 07:40 AM #9
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Gloria Todor
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Hi Patricia, You raise a good point about horses and animals in general and their treatment in a depressed economy.  Animals cannot speak out for themselves and it is only the hopes that people treat animals humanly. Appreciate your comments.

Gloria

Sep 23, 2013 07:45 AM #10
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Gloria Todor
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Hi Than, I agree we often see buggy's full of people and there are some hilly areas.

 

Sep 23, 2013 07:53 AM #11
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Gloria Todor
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Hi Kristin, Yes they do work very hard, it is great to see the teamwork of people with horses and young adults, male and female, in the fields during harvest time.  I hope you are right that they take good care of them.  

This concern was raised for me by a good friend of mine who sees a lot in her travels in the horse world. I do not know how the Amish view their animals....

Actually the very strict branch of Amish do not use electricity...there are no power lines to their homes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gloria

 

Sep 23, 2013 07:55 AM #12
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Gloria, today's world does not accommodate horses and buggies that well. I imagine if it did, anything traveling uphill would have the right away!
Sep 23, 2013 10:08 AM #13
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I have very fond memories of my trip to Amish County in Lancaster County, PA.  I think it was 2009 or so.  I haven't quite looked at life, or lived it the same since. . .Simplify, simplify, simplify!

Sep 23, 2013 12:42 PM #14
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Gloria Todor
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Hi Silvia, It is amazing to see the horse and buggies at really busy intersections...they have to honor the lights also.  Too bad this really steep incline cannot allow horses right of way...

Hi Myrl, I remember you sharing about your visit to Lancaster.  Seeing the Amish and being around farmland is what we enjoy for it takes us out of our busy-ness and is a good reminder to slow and and yes to simplify!!

Dear All, PBS had a really good show about the Amish broadcasted in the last year..If you happen to see it revisited on TV I highly recommend it. 

Take care everyone!

Gloria

Sep 24, 2013 02:25 AM #15
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Oh, Gloria, I feel so badly for them. I hope they are rewarded, properly rubbed down and taken care of afterwards.

Sep 24, 2013 10:44 PM #16
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Gloria Todor
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Hi Toni, I hope so too!!

Thanks for stopping by and great to see you are in the MM Club!

Gloria

Sep 25, 2013 07:56 AM #17
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That reminds me of a scene from Black Beauty. I really feel for that horse. That is a good looking animal and I hope his owners appreciate his efforts.

Sep 25, 2013 12:45 PM #18
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Gloria and Doug, I wasn't sure how to respond to this blog so I'll just leave  it with  I hope that beautiful animal is well taken care of.  Unfortunately, no one in that community will even see this post to know how  much we all  love animals.

Sep 26, 2013 08:45 AM #19
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Gloria Todor
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Hi Debbie, Yes a beautiful animal and I hope the owners are appreciative also.

Hi Juli, I appreciate you commenting.  It was hard for me to post, but I felt a need to share.  You take care.

Gloria

Sep 27, 2013 11:49 AM #20
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Roy Kelley
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We also love to vist the area. The farm areas are beautiful and the food is outstanding.

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