Originally Posted by PerchiesKisses View Post
There is a rescue farm where I live who also swears that the Mennonites mistreats the majority of their horses.. but the horses I've seen her come in with behave more like horses that no one has really played with or touched versus horses that are abused.
PK, I think you have a wonderful point here. None of the Amish folks that I know would ever dream of mistreating their horses; however, they don't take the time to pet and scratch them like most of us do either. The horses are caught, harnessed, and put to work. After work, they are unharnessed and either put back into a stall or their paddock. There is no real affection, no time spent together as companions. While horses are well cared for, they are not coddled.
They are treated much the same way we treat our vehicles: put gas in them, replace the tires when they need to, drive them to go get your groceries or plow your field, and then park them in the garage when you get back. That, IMHO, does not qualify as abuse and many of those horses, while well broke, might not seek out affection like an English broke horse will. Some people might see that as stand-off-ishness or fear, when it is nothing more than lack of affection.
This is the type of horse that is fairly typical to see from the Amish around these parts. Very well broke, healthy, gentle pair of mares that were willing to do whatever you could possibly want or need. If I had had the money, I would so
have brought this team home.