Thank you for your question concerning horse poop on the roads. Let me start by saying that I deeply respect the Amish culture in our area. They are a welcome and valuable part of our community, culturally, economically, and socially. Nappanee was founded and settled over a hundred years ago by many in the Anabaptist faith.
I know that horse poop on the roads is unsightly and smelly, but I do not feel that requiring Amish to eliminate the poop on the roads is something that is in the best interest of our community for the following reasons:
- Respecting the Amish culture: The Amish have made a conscious decision to utilize horse and buggy as their primary mode of transportation. I feel that burdening them with regulations on their way of life is not necessary nor is it productive in building community.
- It is temporary: Yes, fresh horse poop can get on your vehicle and smell, but give it a day or two, and it either dries up or gets washed away.
- Alternatives are not going to eliminate the problem: Placing diapers on horses is not safe for the animal, nor is it a guarantee that it will catch everything.
For many in Nappanee, living with our Amish neighbors is a way of life. We shop in many of the same stores, we attend the same schools, and we gather together for many community events. We know to be alert for slow-moving Amish buggies and bicyclists. We know that we may occasionally come across horse poop on the roads, but it really is not that big of a deal.