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    09-06-2013, 05:36 PM
I got to ride a TWH for some basic riding lessons I took - it was so awesome! After almost an hour of gaiting and cantering practice I wasn't one bit tired (like I am after riding my bumpy trotting mare for an hour, haha!). Nice, smooth ride, and even though all of their gaits are faster than those of an average horse the extra speed wasn't frightening at all :)
I really want my next horse to be a gaited breed (leaning towards TWH or Rocky Mtn horse).

A question about the TWH shows - why do the riders sit in the position they do (legs long and in front, upper body leaning forward, shoulders hunched)? I've only ever seen it in TWH shows.
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    09-06-2013, 05:39 PM
Originally Posted by jimmyp    
Some of y'all need to relax on bashing the big lick industry, NOT EVERY BIG LICK HORSE IS SORED!!!!!!

it's not just the soring, it's the way those poor horses are treated, trained, and ridden! As an acquaintance once said 'it's like a monkey humping a football' to see those big lugs hunched over the horses backs, while the poor horses practically have their butts on the ground while they bobble (for lack of a better word, because the way big lick horses move is not normal gaiting!) around the show ring.

And the stacked shoes....... don't even get me started........

The vids posted here of natural TWH being ridden properly and with compassion make my heart happy. That is how we should see this beautiful breed, not stacked and jacked with the equivalent of a neanderthal on it's back.
    09-06-2013, 06:15 PM
Originally Posted by jimmyp    
Some of y'all need to relax on bashing the big lick industry, NOT EVERY BIG LICK HORSE IS SORED!!!!!!

I have heard from Big Lick trainers that you have to sore a horse in some way in order to get them to do the Big Lick movements. At some time during training they have to have been sored.

Also, the stacks themselves make me want to rip the rider off the horse and never let them near one again. They are terrible.
    09-06-2013, 09:48 PM
Unfortunately, what is most commonly seen in the show ring (of any breed) is not always a good example of the "desirable" movement in the horses.

I've always wanted to have the opportunity to ride a nice gaited horse but there are basically none anywhere around me. The one gaited horse I rode was very uncomfortable but from what I gleaned from the experts here, I think it was likely a pacer.
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    09-07-2013, 06:57 PM
My uncle's wife's father raised TWH, and so did his father, and so on.
They used theirs for working cattle, trail rides, and breeding.

Not a single one I saw growing up ever looked like the show horses today (steep shoulders, thin bodies, thin boned, wonky hind legs), or moved like them, etc. They just looked like QH's with longer thick necks and heads. Exceptionally lovely, kind spirited and tough as nails/hardy. They used to toss me on their older horses bareback with only a handful of mane and turn me loose.

All the commercial crud is REALLY ruining some of the best breeds ever.
If I could ever find one like they had I'd snatch him up in a heart beat.
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