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I want to rescue one and turn it into a trail horse, but I'm having a hard time finding sale ads for them...

I'm not ready to buy one this minute, but I want to get an idea of the average price.

I'm hoping to get a 2 or 3-year-old that has been started under saddle but hasn't been totally destroyed yet.

This is the only one I could find: Tennessee Walking Horse - Non-resident Horse - FAMOUS FABLE
 

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It may be easier/more logical to go to a Big Lick barn and find one that hasn't been trained into one yet - the working Big Licks are hard to find because they are being showed and used and nobody wants to sell their show horses.
 

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It may be easier/more logical to go to a Big Lick barn and find one that hasn't been trained into one yet - the working Big Licks are hard to find because they are being showed and used and nobody wants to sell their show horses.
Where are there BL barns? I couldn't even find any websites for them.

It's weird... with Saddlebreds, at least, most of the horses for sale are 3, 4, and 5-year-old prospects.
 

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Tennessee, Tennessee, Tennessee! You may just want to take a few days off and cruise down around Shelbyville (the home of the Big Lick). Stop by at a barn and ask what they've got. The barns down there are huge, well-kept, and the horses are pampered. I have no doubt that they have staff there 24/7 (or the staff lives very near).

But like I said - it'll be hard to buy a showing, working BL - most likely they will be outrageously priced (afterall, they ARE show horses).
 

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I can't imagine it being easy to find them. The Big Lick industry is generally pretty sneaky and sleazy and they don't usually mingle with the rest of the horse world (I've only had experience with the ones like that, however I doubt that all BL people are sketchy). From what I've gathered, they only do business inside their own realm. That's why you never see them in the normal classifieds or at regular shows and whatnot. You would probably have to go to Big Lick barns and ask around for horses for sale. A lot of those horses tend to be pricey, too.
 

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Tennessee, Tennessee, Tennessee! You may just want to take a few days off and cruise down around Shelbyville (the home of the Big Lick). Stop by at a barn and ask what they've got. The barns down there are huge, well-kept, and the horses are pampered. I have no doubt that they have staff there 24/7 (or the staff lives very near).

But like I said - it'll be hard to buy a showing, working BL - most likely they will be outrageously priced (afterall, they ARE show horses).
That's a good idea. I'll do that. And that's another reason I want a young "prospect" - lower prices.


I can't imagine it being easy to find them. The Big Lick industry is generally pretty sneaky and sleazy and they don't usually mingle with the rest of the horse world. From what I've gathered, they only do business inside their own realm. That's why you never see them in the normal classifieds or at regular shows and whatnot. You would probably have to go to Big Lick barns and ask around for horses for sale. A lot of those horses tend to be pricey, too.
Yeah, I figured that and I've already planned out what I'm going to say to them. If they ask who my trainer is or what my plans are for the horse, I'm going to tell them the name of my old Saddlebred trainer (I trained with him for 10 years) and I'll tell them that he's a Saddlebred trainer but wants to get into showing TWHs. It sounds believable to me.




Found one! Magnolia Farms, Lewisburg, TN. - Tennessee Walking Horse

They don't have much for sale, though, and don't have prices listed.
 

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I was just down at the Tattersall's sale in Lexington, KY and it includes padded horses.

This year was a little different, because there weren't many padded horses there. Usually the whole Saturday sale is for padded horses, but they changed the format and had flat-shod horses on Saturday as well because of so few padded ones.

I hope this is an indication that Big Lick is going out of style. . .
 

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There are usually several sales around Shelbyville through the year. Waterfall Farms comes to mind as one of the big ones. I know they have a big sale before the Celebration. Anyway, you might have better luck at the sales, I don't think they really care who you are as long as you buy the horse. I think most of the no-name padded ones that go through are the ones that aren't really making it as a padded horse anyway so they just want to get rid of it.
 

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I was just down at the Tattersall's sale in Lexington, KY and it includes padded horses.

This year was a little different, because there weren't many padded horses there. Usually the whole Saturday sale is for padded horses, but they changed the format and had flat-shod horses on Saturday as well because of so few padded ones.

I hope this is an indication that Big Lick is going out of style. . .
ME too!! My friend took some of there horses to that sale!
 

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I don't have anything to add to this thread, but I just had to comment - that first horse you posted? They said the horse was for sale because the owner was 80 - and I assume that's him on the horse in the picture - my word!!:shock::shock::shock:
 

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^ I've seen that a lot actually. I guess because TWHs are so smooth? :) Dunno, but it's funny.
 

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I was just down at the Tattersall's sale in Lexington, KY and it includes padded horses.

This year was a little different, because there weren't many padded horses there. Usually the whole Saturday sale is for padded horses, but they changed the format and had flat-shod horses on Saturday as well because of so few padded ones.

I hope this is an indication that Big Lick is going out of style. . .
I hope so! Thanks for the help : ]


There are usually several sales around Shelbyville through the year. Waterfall Farms comes to mind as one of the big ones. I know they have a big sale before the Celebration. Anyway, you might have better luck at the sales, I don't think they really care who you are as long as you buy the horse. I think most of the no-name padded ones that go through are the ones that aren't really making it as a padded horse anyway so they just want to get rid of it.
Okay, cool. Thanks for the info.
 

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For Big Lick listings start with the Walking Horse Report:

Welcome to The Walking Horse Report Online

Here's the sale page:

Tennessee Walking Horses for sale, Tennessee Walking Horse Stallions at Stud - Walking Horse Report

Get a copy of the Voice and look there, too.

If you're not familiar with Big Lick practices be REAL careful. It's not uncommon for yearlings to be in "colt packages" by 12 months of age and under saddle by 18 months (so that they can compete as two year olds). A lot of damage can be done very quickly (even without the use of illegal practices). Chronic lameness and life long difficulties in movement often result.

Shopping around the Big Lick barns is not a bad idea, but they're going to try and sell you a show prospect. If you make it clear, up front, you want a trail horse they'll find something for you but somebody pays for the upkeep and pampering on those fancy places; be prepared for some "sticker shock."

And don't even suggest that you want to "rescue" something. You'll likely be escorted off the place.

Good luck in your search.

Guilherme
 

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there is TONS IN TENNESSEE!!!! i know of some if your intrested. its a big thing down here. but expecially in my area and in shelbyville. theres also a lot on kentucky around louiville area. but the best quality are always i tennessee!!! ive got one that im planning on making into a big lick horse.and no im not planning on any abuse!!!i dont know why people get stirred up about that. it all depends on the handler. the shoes arent bad as long as there used rght!
 

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magnolia farms is great!!! good quality horses!!!i live just a little ways away from them!!!
 

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go to evening shade farm in shelbyville ,tn there is some good tn walkers there.
 

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I'd steer clear of that one for the reason that he has almost definately been sored most of his life. It says "Good Feet" that equals minimal to no scarring from the chemicals. I do want to say that Walkers West is an amazing place with amazing horses. And they would never sore their horses. That is why they note the 'non-resident' horses.

It may be easier/more logical to go to a Big Lick barn and find one that hasn't been trained into one yet - the working Big Licks are hard to find because they are being showed and used and nobody wants to sell their show horses.
That is a great idea, but CALL AHEAD! If you show up without an appointment or having called and warned the trainer, you will probably not get a good welcome. They like to hide stuff when people are coming in.

However, I work at a BL barn in Fairview, TN sometimes and they have some horses for sale most of the time. If you'd like I can get some info on some of the padded ones for sale and let you know. I'd need your price range though.
 

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I think that is the reason she posted him, she wants to take a big lick horse and "rehab" it into a normal horse again... correct me if I am wrong CM.
 

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To me I would think that you would be dealing with a lame or unsound horse for the rest of its life. Moving like that (and they start them young) has to do a lot of damage to the horse's joints. Plus I would think that after being trained to move like that they would continue to move similar even after the pads and chains were removed, and I am not sure that is something I would want to ride down the trail.

The last sale I went to there were two TWHs in the kill pen, and one in the saddle pen. The two in the kill pen went for $45 and $100 (and both were decent looking horses) and the one in the saddle horse pen went foe $300. Why don't you look there instead of spending 6000 on a trail horse?
 

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And that's another reason I want a young "prospect" - lower prices.
Actually? I think you'd be surprised! :) A good baby = a good start. They may be cheaper, but they are still potential show horses so odds are the babies will be sold for a pretty penny anyways. But you are correct - lower.

I think you've gotten good advice - if I were you, I would consider a younger one, but then you wouldn't be rehabbing it, you'd be saving it from its further training down the road. So if you want a trail-horse, I'd say get a baby - if you want just a rescue (not for trail/heavy riding), get a BL. A horse shown its whole with a possible chance of leg/joints issues has a higher chance of future problems that rougher riding may worsen over time.
 
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