Originally Posted by Sahara
Synopsis: Some politicians want to make the stacked pads and ankle chains illegal.
Breeders and owners are claiming if you take those away they will lose millions and their horses will have no value.
One of the hard truths of the Walker world is that the horses that need these extreme devices to perform their gait won't
have much value if you take the devices away. In this the article is spot on. They have been bred for almost half a century to be compatible with the devices, vice performing the correct running walk. It will take several generations of intelligent breeding to begin to restore the genetic damage done to the breed. But the idea that we have to continue these outrageous practices or "the horses will go for meat" is about as morally and ethically bankrupt as you can get!
The Big Lick horse is not so much "trained" as "made" or "manufactured." The gait is "nailed on," not achieved by work or breeding. Some horses take to it better than others, but that's not saying much.
The "Performace" industry maintains that the practices to create the Big Lick are not harmful to the horse if done correctly. IMO this is wrong. While the devices, themselves, might not be so harmful the movement created IS. Or maybe the movement would not be harmful if not caused by the devices. Frankly there's not a lot of reliable science, here.
In any event there's a lot of money on the table.