11 responses to Pony Cart: the Amish ATV
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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (November 24th, 2007 at 07:30)

    They do have the same risks than the buggies though. One evening, in Holmes country, we saw the result of an “encounter” between a cart and a van full of Amish workers. Of course the pony was kill, the passengers van were OK, the cart itself was just destroyed. We didn’t see any injured children in the ditch, which was great (but maybe he/she was back in the house?)!

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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (November 24th, 2007 at 08:09)

    How about horseback riding for kids somewhat older than this? A boy of about 11 once decided to race me and my bicycle. He was out in a pasture with his horse when I came by on my bicycle, so he took the opportunity. He was riding bareback. I was going slow on loose gravel, so he won easily. He pulled up at the next house and looked mighty pleased with himself as I rode past. That’s the only time I recall seeing anyone on horseback in Amish country.

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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (November 24th, 2007 at 15:41)

    Looks like fun to me but it could be dangerous!

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    Comment on Amish pony cart--low visibility road danger (November 24th, 2007 at 19:14)

    Amish pony cart--low visibility road danger

    Emma the weekend I arrived in Elkhart/Lagrange Counties in Indiana last year a father and his sons were killed while riding in a pony cart. Adults sometimes use them for short trips, with the children for example. It’s probably safe to say they are less visible than your average horse-and-buggy and apparently the woman driving the van that hit them, who was a local, simply did not see them for whatever reason. So I would say the risk factor is higher with these.

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    Comment on Amish rarely ride horseback (November 24th, 2007 at 19:18)

    Amish rarely ride horseback

    John sounds fun! I have only seen Amish on horseback on a few occasions. As you’ve noticed it’s not too terribly common.

    Stephen Scott in Plain Buggies writes: ‘Horseback riding is extremely rare among Old Order people. One will occasionally see a child riding a pony or a young man out for a ride, but almost never would a person ride a horse to church. Obviously the problem of modesty is involved for women and, of course, only one or two people can conveniently ride a horse with room for very little baggage.’

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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (November 25th, 2007 at 13:06)

    About horse back, I saw two young Old Order Amish women on horse back in Holmes county. They were neighbors of my Conservative Mennonite friends. I was quite surprised! but my friends said it was not so surprising for them anymore!

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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (November 27th, 2007 at 06:24)

    The only Indiana community I have seen these pony carts used is in Wayne County. It seems as if the children use them as their main transportation back and forth from the areas 4 schoolhouses.

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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (July 2nd, 2008 at 07:24)

    Great photos!! I am curious about these photos being taken and wonder if the Amish in these approved of the snapshots.
    Everything I have read tells me that the Amish frown on Cameras. While visiting many Amish families in the last week we were informed that photos of empty buggies would be fine but every man we talked to was really quick to say no family photos and stressed to us to please refrain from taking photos of him, his children, wife and also the house.
    I just wonder, were these photos were taken with their knowledge?

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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (February 28th, 2009 at 18:50)

    i’ll bet not!!

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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (March 11th, 2009 at 16:03)

    How cute! I love the miniature horse and buggy.

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    Comment on Pony Cart: the Amish ATV (February 23rd, 2011 at 21:06)

    Pony Carts are big with the school children in our community. They just pile on and go but this is normally just in the Summer time. Pony Carts are also used for ‘fun’ 🙂 I learned to drive a horse for the first time in a pony cart and they sure are fun!

    In our community the boys will ride horseback pretty often to go to work or somewhere were only they would go. They don’t use them to go to singings or church though. Girls will sometimes do it but normally thats only if they can remain modest and just for short trips to the neighbors or in the feilds.

    Just thought I’d share. Kate

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