The Pennsylvania Dutch farmers in the Villages of Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, and Paradise use the horse for much of their farm work and for transportation.
The clip clop of hoofs and the beauty of the black carriage pulled by a sleek trotter will have you in love with Pennsylvania's Dutch Country.
The family will use the closed carriage to ride to church meetings while the young men of Lancaster County will use top-down buggy for a ride to family gatherings.
The Standardbred carriage horses high-step down Route 30 while the driver uses directional lights and tail lights powered by battery.
The Amish are expert horse trainers and each large farm might have many draft animals: Belgiums Percherons draft mules and the Standardbred Morgan or Percheron cross.
The young men will use the open coach in the Sunday courting ritual and prize the grace and spirit of their thoroughbred and Morgan crosses initially bred for harness racing. The horses are graceful high steppers that make a thrilling sight as they fly down the highway.
Penn Dutch Horses, Standardbred and the Carriage
The farm might have as many as seven Belgiums or Percherons to pull the plows and cultivators, two mules to pull winnowers, and a standardbred to pull the open carriage used on the Sunday drive to religious meeting and family gatherings.
Mules pull the winnower
|The family will use
the closed carriage to
ride to church meetings
The Standardbred should run the mile under two minutes, When the horses no longer compete at the track they are often sold as carriage horses and their mild disposition makes them ideal for the Amish who use the same roads that often see high-speed auto traffic.
The Pennsylvania Dutch Horses include several breeds, depending on their use for farm work or transportation.
How to Reach Amish Penn Dutch Country:
By Auto: From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Route 83 to York (Harley Factory). Route 30 to Lancaster,
From the north,: Route 95 to Philadelphia and then Routes 76, 202 and 30 to Lancaster. From the west, Harrisburg
By air: Philadelphia Airport and rental car
When to Go To Amish Penn Dutch Country: April is a good month to visit because you might combine your visit to Amish country with a visit to Longwood Gardens where on the second or third week in April the tulip gardens are in full bloom. Otherwise May until October are good months to visit and enjoy outdoor activities..
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