The people you will encounter at Abe’s Buggy Rides are either family or friends who are committed to making your experience here with us a good one. We will do our best to answer any and all of your questions with actual facts about the Amish and Mennonite culture.
We want you to understand a little about our horses.
Most of us grew up working with horses. We care about them and work hard to make sure they are well taken care of and happy.
Like humans, horses also feel good about themselves when they work a little each day instead of standing in a pasture doing nothing, and it helps keep them physically and mentally healthy.
After they work for a limited amount of time, they get a bath and a good meal and get to spend the rest of the day in a clean, well kept barn at Abe’s and then at the end of each day they are taken home to the farm with pastures to run and stretch their legs out where they also enjoy an abundance of hay and minerals.
Some things to keep in mind
The horses will naturally sweat in the summer just like people do when they work. Sweating enables the horses to stay cool. If a horse is not sweating on a hot day it is usually a sign of dehydration.
Also if you notice foam in a horses mouth it simply means that he is chewing on the bit in his mouth just like some of us like to chew gum and it keeps his lips moist so that they can feel the bit better and do not get hurt on the bit. They may have a lot of slobber coming out if they ate some clover as this will cause a horse to salivate more then normal.
It is not a sign that the horse is thirsty. We water our horses regularly.
Horses can very comfortably pull twice their weight. So it is not hard for them to pull the buggy.