Originally Posted by Elizabeth Bowers
I was thinking about teaching my horses how to be driven, and how to be worked (plowing & mowing) only on a small scale. But I do not have the knowledge, skills or equipment. My grandfather knows how, but due to being in the military, he became allergic to the horses, and can't help me.
The Amish are local to us, and I was thinking about possibly sending one or two of my horses to them to be trained in driving and working.
Would this be a good idea?
I would be there as often as i'd be allowed, and i'll keep in mind how they treat their horses along with mine. Many are brought to local farms to do farrier work, and help some local farmers and barn raisin'. I know many are good horsemen. I'd like to hear some thoughts on this idea.
This idea would be a last resort for me
unless you had some VERY experienced people giving you a recommendation.
Will your horse go down the road and pull something? Yes
Will it will it learn how to bend properly? Probably not.
Will it learn 3 different trots? Doubt it.
Will it learn how to go go go? Yes it will.
Will it come back in good healthy condition????
Will it look as if it has lost its soul? Depends on how long they have it.
That said there are a few well respected Amish trainers but they a few and far between. You could not pay me to send a horse to the general Amish.
Now your area of the country could be different and every one has different standards.
I just saw a pair of horses that the Amish "trained" to drive. I would not call them trained. What they pulled was so heavy they could not run away.
They were so bitted up they would rear doing ground work and kick out at the slightest thing. They got so nervous just putting the harness on. One was cut up from an accident and they were very skinny. They needed completely started over.