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post #1 of 4 Old 07-29-2012, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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2 ignorant TWH questions

I'm not informed about a lot involving TWH's so forgive me if these questions are really stupid. I'm more of an Arabian person.


Is this kind of movement always obtained through the soring (soreing?) and other things they do?

Second, and I found this picture while googling for the first. WHAT on earth is wrong with this picture? All I got was that the horse is named Heart of America and that it's a TWH.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-29-2012, 12:12 PM
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Soring is not always involved but it's pretty darn common. Some horses will do the big lick with nothing more than putting them on stacks while others need extra "help" to do it. For myself, I can't believe those stacks are comfortable so that alone is soring in my book.

Second picture to me looks like a horse whose feet have been sored and is in a lot of pain.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-29-2012, 02:00 PM
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With a Big Lick, soring is always involved, as the mere act of putting those pads/shoes on them makes the muscles extremely sore.

They just hide it better now since the DQP's, and there isn't the open raw bloody areas that used to be on pasterns like in the 50's.

They also quit using their legs as aids somewhere around that time, instead relying on pulling so hard on the mouth with the reins, that you could pull a freight cart with the hands. Pressure is enormous.

These horses, are one of the most stoic of light horse breeds, I've never seen a horse take so much abuse and keep trying, and going. My father called them the "poor man's show horse" because you didn't have to know how to ride, or use a trainer, and the horse would take so much abuse.

If you will search for some of the video of Midnight Sun that is floating around, you can see the old time action, without chains I might add, on the horse in the ring.

This breed deserves better.

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So the Big Lick movement is completely artificial? That's sad, and scary.

Anyone have a clue about that other poor horse that's standing like that?

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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