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One thing that country people have that city people don't - horses.

I have ridden a horse but never in town! I've only ever seen them ridden in the country, although apparently there's still racecourses in some parts of town. But they are never on the roads.
 
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One thing that country people have that city people don't - horses.

I have ridden a horse but never in town! I've only ever seen them ridden in the country, although apparently there's still racecourses in some parts of town. But they are never on the roads.

Yes, city traffic and hustle would frighten most horses, at least until they got acclimated.

As population has expanded around this small town (Oakland, Md) farms have often been surrounded by small housing areas. When I drive to town, I pass corn and wheat fields as well as dairy (and beef) cattle. The thing is, many times as one generation passes their larger productive farms are sliced up to divide the land among the family. Some of the new owners do not have the same dedication to their smaller farms.

One thing that disturbs me is that a couple of homes still raise a cow or two on very (1/4 acre) lots. To little space for proper raising of those animals.
 

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One thing that country people have that city people don't - horses.

I have ridden a horse but never in town! I've only ever seen them ridden in the country, although apparently there's still racecourses in some parts of town. But they are never on the roads.

In quite a few areas in the U.S. you will see horses with buggies in town. The Amish, and I THINK a few othres still use them for transportation. It's not uncommon to see them near where I live... they shop at Walmart and other stores too.
 
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In quite a few areas in the U.S. you will see horses with buggies in town. The Amish, and I THINK a few othres still use them for transportation. It's not uncommon to see them near where I live... they shop at Walmart and other stores too.
Quite a few Amish around here too. They may avoid many modern conviences, but what I found interesting is that they will rely on the closely related Mennonites or Church of the Brethren to drive them around and to take produce to the local farmer's market. So, it appears that this is a cultural choice rather than a theological issue.

Often when they go to town, mennonites drive a farm-use tractor, sometimes with the whole family (Mother, Father, children) in the cab. Many in traditional clothes.
 

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Quite a few Amish around here too. They may avoid many modern conviences, but what I found interesting is that they will rely on the closely related Mennonites or Church of the Brethren to drive them around and to take produce to the local farmer's market. So, it appears that this is a cultural choice rather than a theological issue.

Often when they go to town, mennonites drive a farm-use tractor, sometimes with the whole family (Mother, Father, children) in the cab. Many in traditional clothes.
Hey Siloam;

I have never met an Amish brother or sister. I would love to have a conversation with them. Would they stop and talk with me, or just keep moving on?
 
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My wife & have visited a Church of the Bretheren one Sunday for Services. There are Amish that attend there - The preacher considers them family as much as others there and calls them the plain folk. I have also visited a Church of the Brethren in My former state. My nephew worships at a Mennonite church. In the spring thru fall my wife and I frequent the local farmers market and have come to recognize and be recognized by some of the Mennonite and Amish local farmers. We talk about weather and vegetables and such. Friendly surface talk. Not much deeper.

I would say that they are like many others. There are friendly and less friendly. They are very reserved when talking about things of faith to those they do not know well. Many observe traditional life-style without really being religious. Lots of people feel uneasy being a museum specimen.

It would not be well taken if a male approached an Amish woman even if well intentioned.
 
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My wife & have visited a Church of the Bretheren one Sunday for Services. There are Amish that attend there - The preacher considers them family as much as others there and calls them the plain folk. I have also visited a Church of the Brethren in My former state. My nephew worships at a Mennonite church. In the spring thru fall my wife and I frequent the local farmers market and have come to recognize and be recognized by some of the Mennonite and Amish local farmers. We talk about weather and vegetables and such. Friendly surface talk. Not much deeper.

I would say that they are like many others. There are friendly and less friendly. They are very reserved when talking about things of faith to those they do not know well. Many observe traditional life-style without really being religious. Lots of people feel uneasy being a museum specimen.

It would not be well taken if a male approached an Amish woman even if well intentioned.

Thanks, Siloam;

I hope to have that opportunity to meet an Amish or Mennonite brother and brother/sister together one day. Like you shared, it would be nice to just have a friendly "hello" conversation.