Up here in Canada we do not have the big lick crap, nor does anyone I know find it attractive or ethical, for obvious reasons. I am a proud member of the CRTWHA, the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse Association, an organization that abhors soring/big lick. The TWHBEA is also up here but because of their affiliations with soring their reputation is not as, uh, shiny, for lack of a better word.
I believe there is something mentally wrong with any person who would abuse an animal for a specific 'look' or image. Period.