Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides | Amish Country Tours

Hours:  Mon. - Sat. 9am till 6:30pm • Sun. 10am - 4:30pm

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About Our Horses

What kind of horses do you have?

Buggy horses are usually two breeds, American Standardbred, and American Saddlebred. Wagons are usually pulled by Draft Horses.

What is the foam on the horse’s mouth?

Foam on the horse’s mouth shows that the bit is seated properly. Not too tight or loose. The horse plays with the bit in his mouth and makes the foam. In some professional horse shows points will be deducted from your score if you horse does not have foam.

If the horse is sweating, is that bad?

No, it’s actually good. Sweating is the body’s way of cooling itself and on warm days we monitor our horse’s body temperature. If it’s too hot, we take them off the carriage or rinse them off with cool water. This helps cool them down and they like it.

The horse looks skinny. Is it getting enough to eat?

Many horses in top condition or racing show a little rib. They are real athletes and it doesn’t necessarily mean they are not well fed.

Why is that horse bending his hind leg? Does it hurt?

When a horse bends its hind leg, he is resting…. Just like you do when you lean on something and cross your legs. It doesn’t mean it’s hurt.

Why do horses chew on wood?

Some horses seem to enjoy chewing on wood for the same reason people chew on gum. They don’t need vitamins and aren’t hungry. They just like it.

Do You Train Your Own Horses?

Yes we do.  Our horses are farm broke then receive extra training for on the road.  We take them through water, over plastic obstacles.  We make sure they are use to loud noises and strange sights.

Get to know our horses.

How long do your horses work every day?

We use our horses a little over 3 hours each day, 6 days a week. We have three shifts of horses.

How many years can you work a horse and how long do they live?

Many horses can work well into their early 20’s. Life expectancy is about 30 years old.

Isn’t This buggy too heavy and how much can a horse pull?

Most horses can pull 3 times their own weight, so a 1200 lb. Horse can pull about 3000 pounds. Our horses weigh about 1000 lbs. and our buggies are 1000 pounds with ball bearings to make the work easy.


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