Originally Posted by jimmyp
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.
Okay, I'll go along with you that you can indeed produce a big lick horse without soring. But WHY do you want big lick??
Did you even look at the three videos I posted earlier in the thread? If those videos are examples of *correct* gait in the TWH why would you want something else? Big lick isn't natural, it's not normal, it's not something the horse does on its own. Big lick isn't useful; by that I mean you couldn't and wouldn't take a big lick horse out of the barn and use that gait to ride to the neighbors or to check a fence line.
You admit that you can't get big lick without shoes, pads and chains. So I'm puzzled as to why big lick is even desired. It's hard on the horse, I imagine it costs lots of money to pad and shoe the horse, so what's the deal? Is this really just a competition between human egos to see who can get the most outrageous movement?