Horses and Buggies
What kind of horses do you have?
- Buggy horses are usually two breeds, American Standardbred, and American Saddlebred. Wagons are usually pulled by Draft Horses.
What is the foam on the horse’s mouth?
- Foam on the horse’s mouth shows that the bit is seated properly. Not too tight or loose. The horse plays with the bit in his mouth and makes the foam. In some professional horse shows points will be deducted from your score if you horse does not have foam.
If the horse is sweating, is that bad?
- No, it’s actually good. Sweating is the body’s way of cooling itself and on warm days we monitor our horse’s body temperature. If it’s too hot, we take them off the carriage or rinse them off with cool water. This helps cool them down and they like it.
The horse looks skinny. Is it getting enough to eat?
- Many horses in top condition or racing show a little rib. They are real athletes and it doesn’t necessarily mean they are not well fed.
Why is that horse bending his hind leg? Does it hurt?
- When a horse bends its hind leg, he is resting…. Just like you do when you lean on something and cross your legs. It doesn’t mean it’s hurt.
Why do horses chew on wood?
- Some horses seem to enjoy chewing on wood for the same reason people chew on gum. They don’t need vitamins and aren’t hungry. They just like it.
How long do your horses work every day?
- We use our horses a little over 3 hours each day, 6 days a week. We have three shifts of horses.
How many years can you work a horse and how long do they live?
- Many horses can work well into their early 20’s. Life expectancy is about 30 years old.
Isn’t this buggy too heavy and how much can a horse pull?
- Most horses can pull 3 times their own weight, so a 1000 lb. Horse can pull about 3000 pounds. Our horses weigh about 1000 lbs. and our buggies are 1000 pounds with ball bearings to make the work easy.
What type of Buggies, Carriages and Wagons do Amish use?
This is an 1800’s carriage. Today’s closed Amish Buggy evolved from this type of carriage.
This is a closed type of Amish Carriage that many people use for buggy rides. You can ride in these but unfortunately you can’t see out of them.
There are different types of Amish buggies, Amish “pickups”, Spring Wagons, Carts, Market Wagons and Closed Carriages. Our local Amish Carriage maker uses a market wagon, as does the Amish Minster who lives behind us.
At Aaron and Jessica’s buggy rides, we like to use Market Wagons because the sides roll up and you can see out. They are just as authentic as any other kind. This gives you the most pleasant and scenic ride available in a buggy.
If you have a large group, a large family, or a group of friends who want to ride together, we have these larger open wagons available. This wagon was actually made in 1886.