Arabbers and Mennonites: 20180727_MDPS304

James Rich, a member of a Baltimore arabber stable, coaxes a horse into a trailer in New Holland, Pa., after it received a new set of horseshoes. It’s an obscure cross-cultural bond: a tight community of African-American horsemen in disenfranchised West Baltimore and tradition-bound Old Order Mennonites who shun most modern conveniences. But their worlds come together via a dependence on horses and a determination to live proudly on the margins of modern-day society.

James Rich, a member of a Baltimore arabber stable, coaxes a horse into a trailer in New Holland, Pa., after it received a new set of horseshoes. It’s an obscure cross-cultural bond: a tight community of African-American horsemen in disenfranchised West Baltimore and tradition-bound Old Order Mennonites who shun most modern conveniences. But their worlds come together via a dependence on horses and a determination to live proudly on the margins of modern-day society.