Originally Posted by jimmyp
The truth is, the same people who pay big money to breed a champion will continue to pay big money to breed a champion. Regardless of how it looks.
People will breed to the horses that win despite the cost and will pay what it takes.
I get tired of hearing that you can't produce a biglick horse without soring. The pads and chains are part of it but it can and is accomplished without soring y'all should spend more time outside and less time on the WWW.
This is the Great Half Truth (or, if you will, the Great Half Lie) that the Sore Lick folks have perpetrated for years.
Yes, you can create the Big Lick without soring. No, you won't win any ribbons if you do.
Not only will people "pay what it takes" to win, they will DO what it takes to win. That has included soring since at least the mid-50s. So the argument that somehow soring is an abberation or the province of a few bad apples is just debunked by the history of the problem.
So, yes, it can be done without soring. But it will mean no ribbons for the effort and significant, negative physical consequences for the horse (short and long term).