Our small town of Mt. Hope hosts a lot of events at Mt. Hope Auction right next to us, but Horse Progress Days held on July 4 & 5 outdid most of them. This year there were around 25,000 people from all around the world who attended Horse Progress Days. This event is built around horse farming for the Amish, but covers a lot of other related interests, such as logging, natural health products, and more.

When I got close to town in the morning there were horseback riders directing traffic. Horse drawn wagons with fancy horses and wagons were shuttling folks from parking areas to the event. There was no parking at the auction groundsĀ­. It was all filled with tents, displays, horse products, equipment, food, and people. Lots of people.

With over 200 vendors and simultaneously running seminars, it was not possible to see every thing I wanted. So I spent most of my time watching horse training in the round pen. There were some big name professionals who are able to train horses and people at the same time, talking constantly as they work. I learned a few things that will help me with my own horse, Sonny, who faithfully pulls my buggy at occasional intervals, while spending most of his time gorging himself in my pasture.

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