What gets me is that the leaders of the TWHBEA have convinced themselves, and many of their members, that the entire breed's existence will be at risk of disappearing if the Big Lick/performance classes were stopped.
I don't think it's just a lie to them. . .they really do think that the Big Lick is what keeps the breed going. Sadly, the truth is that the Big Lick is what is causing such a rift in the industry. . .and what's causing so many people to withdraw support.
Why support an organization that doesn't support the majority of its own members, because it's so busy promoting the flashy, artificial movement of the Big Lick?
I'd be interested to see what percentage of TWH's that are actually registered with the TWHBEA take part in Big Lick classes. . .versus those that show flat/natural. . .versus those horses that are kept and ridden strictly as pleasure/trail horses?
My guess is that there are way more "pleasure" horses out there than Big Lick horses. And our money is just as good. . .and we can just as easily spend it elsewhere if they want to keep promoting the Freak Show.
"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp