We are visiting with my parents and they lived about an hour away from Amish country.
Parking spaces for the horse and carriage behind a restaurant where we stopped for lunch
Just as our carriage arrived it started to rain:(
Kids got to sit in the front seat with the driver
Visiting a Amish farm and learning how they milk cows by hand. At this particular farm they had what seemed like modern equipment but instead of running off electricity it ran on diesel.
In the feed barn
Empty cab of the buggy. These were surprising nice rides, not nearly as rough a ride as I imagined it to be;)
I was surprised to learn that the Amish often purchase retired race horses for their buggies.
Learning about horse shoes. I didn't know that the Horse shoes had rough spots on them to help with traction. That is very hard to see in these pictures. I just assumed the shoe was smooth, but it made sense. These are all painted as they were for sale:)
The driver was very friendly and showed us several local Amish homes, businesses and the one room school house during the driving tour. Afterwards we headed to the Amish market, where I found a lovely wrought iron candelabra. If I could have figured out how to add it to my suitcase I would have bought it.