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post #11 of 26 Old 07-12-2012, 10:22 AM
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Their tails aren't broke are they? Please tell me there is a brace of some sort underneath their tails.
I don't know about "broke" but I'd bet there's a bunch of ginger under there.

The Walker lost it's job after WWII (as most working horses did) and became a "show horse." It became a pass time, a bragging right. Function was slain on the altar of form. I've had BL types tell me, with a straight face, that the BL gait permitted the horse to step over rows of crops in the field. That's why it was developed. If you just look at the front end you might buy this bit of poppycock. If you look at the back end you'll know that somebody just tried to blow sunshine up your kilt.

Besides, only an idiot would ride a horse through a field with a growing crop.

The BL is an adaptation of the ASB gait popular in the late '40s and early '50s. The ASB equipment was used. The Walker folks, however, added the "soring" of the horse as a way to enhance the already grotesque movement generated by the stacks and chains and long toes. Sadly, the crowd that loved the ASB movement loved the Sore Lick movement equally well. That being the case it has been at the center of the TWH show world since 1952; it will likely be there for a very long time in the future.

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post #12 of 26 Old 07-14-2012, 03:40 PM
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For some reason I've always kind of liked this horse


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It wasn't so many years ago that they owner of a keg shod horse had a huge legal battle because they didn't want to let his horse compete in the big show that is usually only big lick competitors. He ended up winning and his was the only keg shod horse in decades to compete in that class. I don't know just a ton about walkers, but I really liked the looks of that buckskin a lot better than the others.


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It wasn't so many years ago that they owner of a keg shod horse had a huge legal battle because they didn't want to let his horse compete in the big show that is usually only big lick competitors. He ended up winning and his was the only keg shod horse in decades to compete in that class. I don't know just a ton about walkers, but I really liked the looks of that buckskin a lot better than the others.

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He didnt win.Didnt place at all and was the last horse to leave. They were doing it to make a statement,That trainer horse and rider was already a winner in their own eyes and that's all that matters
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For some reason I've always kind of liked this horse

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That tail is showing that that horse is not very comfy for some reason.His gait seems labored. He does have a certain swag to him buit something is not right IMO
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post #16 of 26 Old 07-14-2012, 08:23 PM
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Their tails aren't broke are they? Please tell me there is a brace of some sort underneath their tails.
There is a brace. I was told by an older veterinarian that he would cut the tendons under the tail so that it would stand like that in the brace.

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post #17 of 26 Old 07-14-2012, 08:36 PM
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I love that buckskin! Natural movement is beautiful! Walkers do not gait down a frickin trail like those big lick horses. Putting horses through so much pain for enjoyment is sick and selfish. But hey humans are sick and selfish. How is seeing pain enjoyment? How can putting an animal or another human in pain be enjoyable? Why are the judges allowing it? Who is overseeing the judges?!!!!!! They need their asses kicked right along with breeders/trainers! Where the hell is the LINE?!!!

Cut tendons? Sad......

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He didnt win.Didnt place at all and was the last horse to leave. They were doing it to make a statement,That trainer horse and rider was already a winner in their own eyes and that's all that matters
Oh, wow, re-reading what I wrote, it dang sure sounds like I meant he won the competition. Sorry about that. I meant that he won the legal battle and was allowed to compete. I wish he had won the class, though. That would have really shook things up.

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Ohhhhh. Yeah. Got ya. They knew he wasn't going to win. Winning the battle was winning enough. I think this is a great story. Thanks for posting it. I haven't herd of it till now. I am hoping with all that is going on right now that there will be more like him
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post #20 of 26 Old 07-15-2012, 10:30 AM
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The Jacksons have been pushing Watchout for many years. He's a nice enough horse but is pretty average. None of his get have demonstrated any real excellence in anything.

The Jasksons, themselves, are interesting folks. But, like many interesting people, have many sides.

The '99 Celebration entry was a publicity stunt. It's an open question whether is was well done or not. In any event it had exactly zero impact on either the Celebration or the discussions about the BL or Sore Lick. Indeed, an argument can be made that the way it was done caused problems for others trying to start a reasoned discussion of the whole thing.

Not everything is always what it seems to be.

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