What I have discovered, living near an Amish community, is that there is no replacement for working with horses everyday, if you want to understand them. I love my own horses, but when bad weather hits, they stand in the barn. Imagine if the only way you could go anywhere, in any weather, was to harness up a horse and hitch it to a buggy or wagon. Wind, rain, cold, heat, storms or being in a hurry, all are enough to make a preacher swear... when he is in a car. Try all of that behind a horse.
Generation after generation of farmers, passed down horse handling skills to their children and grandchildren, as they worked together on the farm. Now, we try to learn those same things from a manual or DVD. It is always better to learn first hand from a master, not to mention what we've lost, in not spending time with our extended family. My Amish neighbors are still part of this historic loop, that we have stepped out of in order to improve our lives through modernization.
There is still a place where horses are King,
among the Amish
Pictures provided by my friend, Jerry. If you would like a print of any (but the boy and draft horse,) contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you in contact with Jerry.