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post #11 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 11:33 AM
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I sent my first horse to an Amish man to be broke, and that was the biggest mistake I've ever made. I have a five year old gelding and at the time he was two. We took him there in the summer and I would go back to visit every week. He was tied in a barn with six inches of poop on the floor. He had to stand there all day with no food or water. The only drink he got was with a bit in his mouth, so he barely got any water. That was what I saw in the first week. The second week I cam and one of the man's sons took him out and got on him and I noticed he wasn't putting any weight on his front right foot. I looked down and saw a six inch long gash on the inside of his front right leg. It was covered in pus and swollen. I was disgusted. I came with a trailer the next day and took my horse home, and when we got him back I noticed he had mange under his man. We had to cut his whole mane off so it would go away. I know a few Amish men who are very good with horses, but the majority are not.
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post #12 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 11:36 AM
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I know a few Amish men who are very good with horses, but the majority are not.
How can you justify this quote? Your experience was with ONE horse and ONE Amish farmer. That's hardly 'the majority'.

Generalize much? :roll:
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post #13 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 11:37 AM
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WOW...I had no idea that there were so many Amish people!

I guess growing up in Dallas doesnt help my experience with this :)

Seriously though, there are good and bad in EVERY realm of the horse world, I agree with most of the posts here.
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post #14 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 11:38 AM
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Do not be sorry for your novel, Scout. Terrific post!
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post #15 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 11:39 AM
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How can you justify this quote? Your experience was with ONE horse and ONE Amish farmer. That's hardly 'the majority'.

Generalize much? :roll:
You beat me to it!

Also NicoleB - how can a horse develope mange in two weeks if it was tied alone in a barn?
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post #16 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 11:44 AM
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I do not get why Nicole left her horse there after the first week. If she actually knew that he was dehydrated like she says, I can not imagine leaving my horse there.
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post #17 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 11:44 AM
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Excellent post, Scoutrider. Very eloquent and succinct.
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Do not be sorry for your novel, Scout. Terrific post!
Thank you both very much!

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post #18 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 11:47 AM
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Also NicoleB - how can a horse develop mange in two weeks if it was tied alone in a barn?
Exactly.

I'd also like to know why, if she was aware how HORRIBLY her horse was being treated the first week, she didn't yank him out of there immediately?

If my horse were being mistreated and I knew it, there's no way he'd stay there another DAY, much less another week.

I've known many Amish and Mennonites in my time. They have lovely, well mannered, well cared for horses, but they're not pets. They are these peoples' tractors, trucks, and cars. It would make no sense for them to abuse, neglect, or mistreat their animals.

Does abuse happen? I'm certain it does, because I'm sure the Amish have nutters and abusers in their ranks, JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE POPULATION. But to tar and feather a whole group for one small segment is wrong and hateful.
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You're right Speed Racer, I did have ONE experience with ONE Amish farmer, but I know PLENTY of others who have had the same experience. And by saying that I know a few Amish men who are good with horses, I thought I was un-generalizing. Sorry you misunderstood.
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post #20 of 97 Old 09-23-2010, 12:03 PM
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Sorry you misunderstood.
If speedracer misunderstood - then so did I.

I see you are in Iowa. Ames has the biggest hitch horse sale in the upper midwest. The amish buy and sell a lot of horses there. I have heard so many amazing stories about them - I really want to go and spend the week observing how wonderful they really are.
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