Horsing Around….

Yesterday at the Windmill, after speaking to some of the Civil War reenactment people,  I spotted a beautiful Amish horse and buggy tied to a tree.  Curiosity got the best of me and I went over to take some pictures.  The horse was in the shade of a pine canopy with a bag of feed tied to the tree and hay spread on the ground for her to munch on.

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For those of us who don’t live near the Mennonites and Amish that use horse and buggy for transportation,  the sight of these animals pulling  a family briskly down the same roadways as motorized vehicles seems strange.  However, the buggies are quite remarkable in design…employing things like drum brakes and generators for nightime illumination to warn motorists of their presence.

One thing I’ve not seen before Mark and I spotted in Penn Yan.  Resting outside the Rite Aid Pharmacy was an Amish buggy with a team of two horses patiently awaiting their family.

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The Amish and Mennonites have found the Finger Lakes region to be very “workable” for them….their farms are some of the most beautiful and lush to be found in the area! I  find their lifestyle to be very admirable…