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post #31 of 62 Old 09-25-2012, 05:37 PM
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I just went back and listened to the video (closed my eyes and just used my ears). It does sound like the horse is "chained." It may not be be; sound alone can be confusing.

It doesn't look to be "chained" in the arena shots, yet there is still a distinct (if much fainter) "metal on metal" noise. I can't tell where it's coming from (bridle, spur chains, etc.).

Still, the horse is definitely "gimpy" in gait.

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post #32 of 62 Old 09-25-2012, 05:49 PM
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What the heck is strapped onto Folsom's right leg?
It is a protector so that when he moves his stacks don't take the flesh off the inside of the opposite leg.
It is hard to tell in the first video, but it appears they are on both legs but since only one leg has the high stocking, it doesn't easily show on the darker leg.
Now, I think I am going to go toss my cookies since Big Licks make me want to vomit.
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I just went back and listened to the video (closed my eyes and just used my ears). It does sound like the horse is "chained." It may not be be; sound alone can be confusing.

It doesn't look to be "chained" in the arena shots, yet there is still a distinct (if much fainter) "metal on metal" noise. I can't tell where it's coming from (bridle, spur chains, etc.).

Still, the horse is definitely "gimpy" in gait.

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I believe that they have a long curb chain that is hanging on the ends. The horses naturally head bob...a LOT. I think that is what we are hearing. The video in the ring has no chains, and is still noisy.
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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'm sorry you love the big lick riding. Sadly, that is why it is still going strong. It, somehow, appeals to some people.
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The OP asked about the strap.
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It's just a real shame all of this hurt being placed on these animals....👎
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I gave my theory on what I thought it might be...a toy gun holster. Guess the horse is supposed to be an outlaw? His feet and tail should be outlawed IMO!
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I believe it's the curb chain you are hearing. Wife dragged me to a show this last weekend and there were two big lick classes. I kept hearing chains rattle myself and thought the horses had chains on. After the class I went down to where I had a clear shot of the winner who was rattling the most. No chains on his ankles but his curb chain rattled with every movement. Had to be done on purpose since you rarely here a curb chain.

FYI, there was a grand total of 4 stacked horses there. Twenty years ago this show had dozens at it so things are improving. There was also a vet there checking every horse before it was saddled up. The vet wasn't there 20yrs ago.
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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
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The strap appears to be the outside of a boot, kind of like a splint boot only this appears to be knee protection because we all know that the comfort of the horse is the most important thing.(not)
If you stop the first video at 18-21 seconds you can see that there is a knee boot/pad on each leg. It probably prevents the big shoes from hitting the kness on their way up & down.

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