Horse diapers not approved for LaGrange County Amish buggies

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By: Associated Press

LAGRANGE, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a rural northeastern Indiana county with a large Amish population have rejected a call by some residents to require manure-collection devices for horses on roadways.

The LaGrange County commissioners voted 3-0 Wednesday night to end discussion of the proposal, which supporters said was meant to reduce the traffic hazards and health concerns caused by horse manure.

The Goshen News and The (Kendallville) News Sun report Commissioner Terry Martin said he tested a manure bag at an Amish farm and didn’t believe it was safe for the horses. Amish residents raised similar concerns earlier this month about the devices.

LaGrange resident Jack Gaham said after the meeting he didn’t think the proposal had been thoroughly considered and worried the manure was dangerous to drivers.