It is going to be much harder for you to gain support by playing the pointing the finger and passing the buck game.
It seems nearly every TWH supporter ALWAYS does the pointing finger at other breeds, instead of just taking the rap the showers of that breed have earned(yes, I know, not everyone is a big lick shower, but a majority of the horses seen in the public eye are big lickers, hence the shotty reputation for the WHOLE breed)and trying harder to change it.
So what if saddlebreds are treated the same, no one is talking about saddlebreds, they are talking about TWH.
And yes to be a "big lick" the horse is padded usually and chained to get the ridiculous gait, the "big lick" is a slang term used specifically for that horrendous gait...
I have yet to see a horse hit the big lick without pads or chains, could you please show us an example of one that can do it naturally? I am not being snarky but would honestly be amazed if you could produce a single example of a natural "big licker".
And so what if they have to share a spotlight with other gaited breeds, at least they get to be in it at all... Just my opinion.