Remember the levitating Amish horse? Well it looks like they have the same breed in Lancaster County. Behold the Amish Airtrotter:
Photo credit: Serge Melki
Tags: Fun stuff
Maybe too many oats in her diet!
Looks like its a diet problem, like way too many oats or something,lol. Id hate to be behind the hoarse driving the buggy. Richard from www.Amishstorys.com
No, its whoopie pies, LOL
No Richard the horse has gotten into the whoopie pies, LOL.
But seriously, I do find it interesting to see these pictures. Isn’t really awesome timing to be able to get a shot like that?
Yes Alice, or I’m thinking something even lighter–marshmallows? Though Richard may be on the right path here 🙂
Maybe it is the root beer
It's called Photo Works
Photo rendering is all part of today’s world,
John I am no expert on horses, but I believe this photo is not altered..? On the original “levitating horse” post linked above, some folks more knowledgeable on horses than I explored the topic a bit…Magdalena shared this:
“It was a matter of controversy in the 1800s, as to whether at a gallop, the horse’s four feet left the ground, or it always had one hoof down. Yes, it does have all four off the ground, as seen here. This must have been taken at a high speed. Either the horse was changing gaits, or that buggy is MOVING!”
Apparently this was the subject of one of the original motion picture films.
Flying or running?
This is a pacer! Pacersare wonderful driving horse for the Amish. They are beautiful to behold and very fast on the road! It is a type of gait and is usally learned by having a leg harness designed to achieve “the pace.” The horse moves both legs on ome side of the body at the same time, so that when the left side is forward the right side is back. They are beautiful to watch and a joy to drive.
What a beautiful “flying” horse!!! This picture reminds me of the view from my friend’s living room in Lebanon!
Responding to Robins comment
Robin are you talking about me, i live in Lebanon!. Then again we are very big around here on natural gas,lol. Richard from www.Amishstorys.com
No Richard, not you but a friend that lives outside of town. I love visiting her and watching the buggies go by!! She lives on East Evergreen.
What a beautiiful horse! Makes me want to hitch up my horse …hehe.
I know that horse
His name is Harry Pooper
Responding to Robin Miller.....
Hey Robin i was pretty much kidding in my comment and i know you weren’t talking about me. I do take Evergreen road a lot when I’m going to Lancaster and i need to jump on route 72. I’m not far from that road and in fact use the “new” do-it-yourself car wash there. Ask your friend if she ever goes to the Dutch-Way market not far from her, many Amish folks shop there and its my favorite market in the area. Richard from www.Amishstorys.com
LOL Richard … we know your sense of humor! My friend has lived out that way for over 20 years now and has seen the fields disappear into neighborhoods. She is a Lancaster Co. native, moved away for about 20 years, then she and her husband returned. She absolutely loves Lebanon and said she could never leave. 🙂
Responding to Robin.........
I feel the same way about Lebanon. And when i went on my journey to find a home when i lived down in Florida i naturally went to Lancaster county, but discovered Lebanon for its closeness to Lancaster and lower taxes. The county also has more reasonable housing compared to Lancaster and you get a little more for your money. So even though I’ve had Lancaster on my mind for like forever now, Lebanon has grown on me more and more as time goes on. I still love Lancaster because its a part of my childhood and still drive over a lot. Richard www.Amishstorys.com
More to this picture than meets the eye
For all you horse lovers and believers in magic, I can top you! How about that car on top of the buggy?
@Lois … amazing, absolutely amazing!!! LOL I didn’t even see that!! 🙂
I’m inclined to believe that for a second this horse is in fact off the ground. I think it all depends on when the photo is taken. I’ve never seen it, but has anyone seen a picture of a horse racing where all four feet are off the ground ahead and behind. Just curious.
Another example of Amish thrift. You save a fortune on horseshoes when you train ’em to run like this.
This post was a real gas, well at least the ground hog thought it was cute,lol. Richard from www.Amishstorys.com
Another Flying Amish Horse
That’s a great photo. I’m thinking that is one very happy horse 🙂 🙂 Greetings from Oregon, Heather 🙂
Richard, you said it, I too am loving the “air” of seriousness about these comments 😉
Back the plain future
Ooh, ooh, ooh odd movie reference here, gang! It’s from the Amish related deleted scene from the Michael J. Fox film series “Back to the Future”, in addition to using hover-boards in the future Marty McFly also sees the Amish utilizing hover-horse-and-buggies, but doesn’t use one himself.
If Im not mistaken, the horse will only have all four feet off the ground when moving at a canter or gallop, faster than a walk or a trot — wonder what that’d feel like behind a flat-out running horse, in a buggy or wagon! Being behind a trotting horse seems quite fast enough to me! *smiles* Beautiful picture that is to get the horse just at that split second!
Horse feet off the ground
Here’s a link to another horse with all four feet off the ground. The legs of this horse have two feet pointing forward, the left front and right rear, while the left rear and right front point backward, same as in the photo at the top of this Amish America page. This is from the Buggy Races at Yoder Heritage Day in Kansas in 2009.
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