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I took some friends to the horse auction in Jamesport today. We stayed for about 5 hours. There was only one team of draft horses, a team of 7 and 8 year old black Percheron geldings, about 18 hh, and they sold for $ 3500 per head. I had kind of expected that. But I was totally surprised when buggy horses, almost all of them Standardbreds, were sold: Everyone I saw during that time frame sold for over $ 1500 , a lot of them way over $ 2500 , and a few over $ 4000. The highest one that I saw was around $ 7000. The buyers were overwhelmingly Amish!!
On the quaint side, very often a horse was recommended as one that " the wife can drive", some were announced as " not for the wife".

NoraWI says 2015-10-22 07:58:37 (CST)

I find that the Amish (around here at least) have a lot of resources and don't hesitate to spend their money for what they want or feel they need. I no longer go to auctions because of that, having been outbid time and time again. Standardbreds are the breed of choice for their buggies here. They used to get them right off the track, a great many of them trotters. And Belgians are their first choice here for field work. I do know a young man who has trained and uses Percheron mules. He came to my farm to cut some Black Locust for fence posts and his 4-up hitch of matched young mules was spectacular! However, I have heard that some Amish communities look at mules as unnatural and shun them.

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Klaus Karbaumer says 2015-10-22 09:46:50 (CST)

Nora, when I was in Lancaster County, PA years ago I saw a lot of Belgian mules working on Amish fields. The preference seems to vary from region to region. In Jamesport I only know of a few Amish farmers using mules.

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