Originally Posted by jimmyp
G is pretty well spot on, However something just occured to me. There is a Line of horses I believe they were called "McCurdy Plantation Horses". I'm not sure if Im remembering correctly or not. But, even so I believe they were just a "line" of walkers that was heavily linebred in a given area.
The plantation classes, are just a Heavy shod TWH.
Not all Plantation classes are heavily shod. You have your light shod plantation (also simply called Lite shod division) in which the shoes are much lighter and have no caulks on them, and are a step above flat shod and a couple steps below heavy shod. Your typical heavy shod horses have large shoes (that can indeed weightup to 48 ounces) are normaly turned back at the heel (large square caulks) and in most instances have to require a band to help keep them on. Yes heavily shod plantation horse do suffer much the same plight of the Perfromance type. Much less so in the light shod variety how ever they are not totaly exempt from unscrupulous trainers. I used to show light shod and flat shod country (or flat shod pleasure) style. Most of these types do not have thier tails "fixed". Although many do have excessive toe growth on thier hooves (esp heavy shod) to exadurate the gait and encourage action. In your light shod or counrty pleasure to much knee lift action is discouraged and frowned upon: traveling more naturaly is encrouaged and judged upon. In Heavily shod Plantation the knee should not exceed
the height of the point of shoulder where as in Big Lick Performance there is no limitations that I am aware of.