Originally Posted by hccumminssmoke
If they are trying to accomplish a big lick TWH, and those devices aid in the final result, then the trainer would be an accomplished horsemen...I've never, and will never use action devices on any horse I train...but just because you or I don't do it, doesnt make it wrong...
I personally don't believe chains, bands, or heavy shoes give the horse any negitive feedback but that's neither here nor there..
I most strongly disagree. A "big lick type movement" could be trained into a horse bred for the movement without the use of the stacks and the stuff (legal and illegal) that goes with them. It can't be done in three years, however, and therein lay the problem.
IMO it's less a question of "right" and "wrong" than efficient or inefficient. The building up process will, of necessity, induce serious stress into the horse and will, over time, cause permanant injury. That can, and does, ruin good horses by the age of six. I've seen multiple examples over the years. Go to Walker shows and look at the Big Lick classes. Seldom will you see any sort of aged horse.
The building up of the horse is not training for gait, it's manufacturing one. I can't go there. I will strongly criticise anyone who does.