Couldn't be happier that some jail time was given but can't help but feel it should have been more. It's torture, plain and simple. Systematizing the practice and handing out ribbons doesn't change that reality.
So I am correct in assuming that all horses that perform "Big Lick" have been sored to achieve this sickening display?
People will argue otherwise, but it is of mostly general opinion that it's impossible to achieve that gait (or at least a WINNING gait) without SOME form of soring. I think when you compare what they're supposed to look like to what they end up looking like, it's a pretty valid opinion.
This video almost made me CRY. These poor little animals, they're only 2 years old, they should be out in a field, not being tortured daily and paraded out with these 6'0" friggin BEHEMOTHS on them. They can't even RIDE properly because they're so big for their poor undeveloped bodies! God that is SO disgusting.