Buggy Rides are Like a Rite of Passage
When you come to visit Amish County- everyone takes a buggy ride. From the first time we visited Lancaster until we took our first ride in a buggy – I was adamantly against it! I would see those buggy’s loaded down with people and think “That’s so mean!”
So – I took myself over to Amish All Around Buggy Rides and asked for an interview. This is what Caleb had to say:
Interview with Caleb
Hi Caleb, Would you mind telling me a little bit about yourself and AAA Buggy Rides?
Our family grew up and have lived in Lancaster for our entire lives. My father grew up Amish, so many of our relatives are still Amish. Outside of work I love to spend time with my wife and child. (Caleb’s first child was born at the end of February!)
Our family established AAA Buggy Rides when I was 6 years old, in 1998.
How many horses are in the AAA Fleet?
The amount of horses and buggies we use vary with each season.
Can you tell us a little bit about the breed and why you chose this particular breed of horses?
We prefer cross breeds with our buggies. This gives us the best quality of multiple breeds in our horse. The strength and endurance of the horse is superior.
I know, for years, I thought the horses were being slightly mistreated pulling those heavy buggies around town. I’m sure I’m not the only one – can you explain a little bit about how the teams are worked, rested and cared for – especially during the hot and humid summer months?
Yes this is a common question. Our horse family receives the best love and care that we provide. Everyday the horses are fed 15 pounds of high quality, locally made grains, and they have unlimited hay in front of them at all times. They are kept in roomy horse stalls that are maintained daily. On their many days off work, they roam around our multi-acre pasture. In the summer time they receive multiple supplements to keep them hydrated and in peak performance. Throughout the day the horses are consistently groomed, given water, and cooled down with a hose to keep them comfortable.
What is your favorite thing about working at AAA?
I love everything about my occupation! It’s an awesome experience everyday meeting guests from all over the world, as well as taking care of our horse family.
Plan Your Visit to Include a Buggy Ride
Now that you know a little bit more about AAA Buggy Rides, I have a few questions for you. First, which ride did you choose? I think we’re going for either the covered bridge or the Amish Dairy Farm next time.
Decide which room you want to relax
in during your stay in Lancaster and don’t forget to grab a coupon on your way to enjoy your buggy ride!