Cowboys and Amishmen have something in common, they both grow up working with horses everyday. By the way, the same thing is true of Cowgirls and Amish women.
Here is a picture of me on the black horse (I was about 14 yrs old) That's my step-dad Dwain Chapman on the sorrel horse. This picture was taken on Uncle Truman's ranch in Idaho, Truman was Dwain's oldest brother, and a real cowboy.
I watched this Amishman working with these horses and he was good with them.
When we learn to speak, our language becomes so much a part of us that we don't have to think about the words. When you learn a foreign language, you have to think in your native tongue and then translate into the second language. Even then, you will always have an accent. You may wonder where I am going with all of this. I'm comparing people who grow up working with horses daily, with those of us that come into it later in life. We usually don't speak "horse" as a first language but we can get pretty good at it, over time.
Amish Girl with a Big Team
Just as Amish speak Dutch as a first language, many also speak "horse" fluently, we call people like that, "horse whisperers." I have known a few in my lifetime. The rest of us speak "horse" with a "human" accent.
There are exceptions to this rule. Some people just have a "way with animals" others of us love our horses so much we find a way to communicate. None-the-less, I am usually impressed with the way Cowboys and Amishmen handle horses. I'm gonna be honest with you, I'm not a Cowboy or an Amishman; but horses are as much a part of me as anyone else.
|My Son in the black hat and his buddy Nolan|
This is an old picture too
This is an old picture
|Amish Girls Riding|