I think you're right. Agreed, we disagree.
I'm a member of FOSH as well and I just can't look at the big lick video's. I'm sure some folks think it's exciting and beautiful to watch, I just think of what usually, not always, goes into making that crawling gait.
Being a business owner, I think there's nothing wrong in making money. Harming an animal to get to the $$ and blue ribbons (NOT saying that anyone featured in these videos do this..I don't know them) is wrong. Just plain wrong! Unless a person has been really involved with tw's and seen the damage that has been done to hooves, pasturns, hocks, etc because of this crazy way of moving, you don't fully understand it.
I'd agree, there is abuse in all disciplines. It depends on the trainer, who then in turn teaches their student and they in turn pass it along to their friends..not knowing what goes into getting a horse ready for the arena.
Before I went to the tw's I was taking reining lessons. Went out to the barn for my lesson and in the next stall was another boarders horse, all tacked up and ready for her lesson in an hour. Her horse was, as I said, fully tacked but the reins were drawn as tight as possible without causing the mare to rear and tied to the saddle horn. She had to hold her head UP or get slammed in the mouth by the bit. So, when her owner came out to take her lesson..wha laaa, nice low head set. Little did she know her horse had been cranked and tied back for over an hour.
That guy is no longer in business