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Back to Buggy Basics

The Amish are permitted to ride in automobiles, but not to own them.  While this may seem like hair-splitting to some, the distinction is key to the Amish way of life.  Non-Amish America, ever since the advent of the automobile, has "spread out" into nameless cookie cutter suburbs.  The car has pulled Americans part from the once tight-knit villages we once lived in.  If the Amish were permitted to own cars, they feel their very close-knit church-based way of life would be threatened, and I tend to agree.  That said, simply riding a car into town to conduct business isn't viewed as a threat to their cultural cohesion.  

The high price of gas, however, is definitely making many Amish take a second more longing look at their buggies.  This week's Amish Cook column describes a trip into town to take the children to the dentist, eye doctor, and then McDonalds.  Lovina told me that she considered getting a driver, but the price was just too high.

"I'll use the money I save by taking the buggy to treat the children to McDonalds," Lovina told me.

Wise thinking.  Oil prices set a new record today which means we'll continue to feel the pinch at the pump. SIGH. Click here to read about how the Amish are enduring the gas pains.

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I find this ironic when my husband keeps trying to convince me that the high price of gas isn't affecting Americans. He constantly qoutes articles about how stores say that their sales are still good and things like that. I know that I have also changed my driving habits and don't go out as much as I used too. Most of my friends say the same thing. I think that since he works everyday and doesn't shop often that he just doesn't see the changes.

Of course, you should have seen his face when I told him about the artilce on how the gas prices were even effecting the Amish!Wink



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I have ridden horse all my life, and I have also driven at horse shows. It just make more sence to drive somewhere than ride. Riding will accomodate one person, no place to store anything and you get a sore butt.Frown I think they get their horse from many places, I sold a young Arabian stallion at a action that ended up with a Amish man after he broke him to drive, and I think they also raise some them selves. 

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I wish I had a horse! But then again they are not cheap to keep either. Here's a question for you. Why do the Amish ride from a buggy and not on horse back? I asked my wife this. She knows abit about horses. She said that they probably mostly use Standard bred which are "made" for pulling buggies. I argued that I read somewhere that the Amish purchase their horses at auctions and some of those horses are former race horses. Does anyone have information about this?

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I have to say that the price of gas has change my driving habits.  Use to think nothing about running to the store to pick up something.  Now I try to figure out what I can use instead or call neighbors and do the 'may I borrow...'  After hearing what barrel of oil went for today, I don't think that we'll be seeing prices coming down soon Cry

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