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Buggy Vs. Car

I love traveling in a horse-drawn buggy. When riding in a buggy I very quickly re-establish a connection with the surrounding environment, a connection lost when barrelling down the road at 50mph in a closed car.  But in a buggy the clip-clop cadence of the horse's hooves lulls one into a sweet sense of serenity.  My chaotic cares fall behind.  There are few more enjoyment moments than a buggy ride on a crisp autumn Michigan morning under brilliant blue skies.  Still, I'm not always 100 percent at ease.  In the back of my mind, the thought is always there: "oh gosh, I hope passing motorists are paying attention."  Because when a car - and especially one of our gas-guzzling SUVs - plows into a buggy the buggy always loses.  Amish craftsmen do a superb job of creating sturdy buggies but they simply are no match for a two-ton car. Here is an excellent article that explores the reasons behind a rash of car-buggy accidents lately.  The conclusions might surprise you.  With all the fuss made over buggy visibility at night, most accidents are during the day.  So if you're in Amish country, slow down, enjoy the serenity and watch the curves.

Re: Buggy Vs. Car

Hello, what I 've,been wondering for some time is what is the cost of keeping one horse  for one month. I know with vet bills hay and feed it would be pro rated within the year. sorta like cost per mile use. Is it cheaper then todays auto.Even if you grew your own hay,grain etc. there is the man hours to consider. thanyou

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