Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Crab Orchard, KY
I agree with the assessment of Amish as workmen and trainers. I apologize for generalizations that I am about to make, because I have been taught to be fair and not to profile a group of people based on my experience with only a few. However, the Amish people live in a different world than we do, by choice. As such, they have a different set of values and standards. They use horses like we use cars/trucks as equipment and their animals are treated/trained using different techniques. I am not going to say that their methods are wrong or cruel. I will say that I wouldn't use those methods.
I live with Amish neighbors. I hope to that I can call some of them my friends and that they would return the compliment. However, I would not use their training methods for any of my animals. I have patronized a number of Amish farriers with whom I worked with side by side while my horses were trimmed/shod. I handed these men tools as they worked so I was able to monitor exactly what was being done. (I used to do my own farrier work when I was more physically able so I know what he was doing while I watched.) Some I would use again, many I would not use a second time.
As mentioned by previous members here, being Amish doesn't automatically make you an expert at anything. Not building furniture, not building houses, and not training horses. It only means that you have chosen a specific lifestyle and nothing more. There are as many people who are Amish making mistakes as there are non-Amish making the same mistakes. A word of warning: Don't simply accept their opinion as professional.
Training is very specialized and difficult and should only be undertaken by an experienced trainer, to protect you, your horse, and the trainer.
"The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can." J.R.R. Tolkien
Last edited by Elessar; 01-03-2012 at 04:09 PM.