Originally Posted by Britt
I've always loved the big lick walkers... Folsom Prison Blues is one of my favorite stallions. I don't agree with the way a lot of the people ride, nor do I agree with soring and all that stuff, but I fell in love with the big lick walking horses years ago and really, really would like to show in the flat shod division one day...
I am wondering, what it is you like about the Big Lick horses? Is it the gait? The excitement of the showing? The energy? I mean, it seems impossible to me, to be able to like what you see, knowing it takes abuse to get there. It seems hard to be against the shoes and the soring but still wanting to see Big Lick. Not to say I couldn't enjoy watching the walkers at a show in their natural gait. I think I might enjoy that.
I used to love Saturday night at the Big Saddlebred horse shoes. The 5 gaited class, the energy was so high in the arena it was like the roof could blow off the place. The screams and hoots from the crowd. The horses would get bigger and bigger with the screams from the crowd. All that part I get but the Saddlebreds were more free moving and natural. There was no soring, padded shoes but no stacks. I just get sick to my stomach watching the Big Lick horses. Honestly, even the name makes me a little sick. Big Lick? Who the heck thought of that? Ha ha
Darrin, I thought too maybe the curb chain but then... Whenever I have used a Curb chain, they were not that loud. I thought maybe they had something hanging from the reins or saddle or something. Hearing a noise like that the whole time I was trail riding would drive me nuts too. I love the quiet of the woods, no the constant jingle of whatever that was. Ha ha