Oh god, my eyes, they hurt. My brain hurts, too. Those poor horses. Just no. No no no no.
These horses have such beautiful natural movement, why anyone would want to torture them to get this grotesque excuse of a gait is beyond me.
And wtf is with those canters. How can all those people sit there and cheer this on.
Ok so you guys need to chill out… Those are Tennessee Walking horses.. its a particular kind of breed and if trained properly, thats their gait.. Notice how still the riders are AND how light they hold the reigns? Chill your beans….
Yeah, sorry, no. The only reason those horses are moving like that is because they have pads a mile long strapped to their feet, not how they’re trained. If the horses are extra lucky, they’re also sored on top of it. Not everything is about how still the riders are or their reins. Sorry bud, but this is as far from natural as you can get.
Their seat is entirely incorrect. Why? Because they’d be bouncing right off of their horse if they sat correctly. You really don’t have a clue what a Tennessee Walking Horse is if you think this is their gait. No Walker on the face of the Earth does these gaits without pads, chains, soring, or all three combined. You CAN’T train this “right.”
This isn’t even aesthetically pleasing… I mean, I don’t know much about TWHs, but I’m pretty sure this is supposed to look “pretty”. It doesn’t.
how does anyone find this pleasing? unless you get pleasure out of animal cruelty there is nothing nice about this.. the horses look miserable, the gaits aren’t even pretty to look at, i just don’t get it..
watching big lick horses actually scares me
I have never before actually watched a Big Lick class. The theory in and of itself sickens me as the true Big Lick classes are not a celebration of the TWH breed - and yes, I have ridden, handled, and dealt with the breed and they are amazing, as are their NATURAL gaits - but instead celebrates and rewards the perversion of the breed and their movement that is exaggerated to an extent that is beyond inhumane, and just outright horrifying. The shoes, weights, and pads these horses wear to get their legs so “animated” and their hind ends so “underneath” them makes me want to vomit. Never, in my life, have I been so outwardly repulsed and sickened by a blatant display of animal abuse not just shown, but rewarded in the public eye - and even HAILED - as national champions.
National champions of what? Abuse? Pain? Suffering? Misery? Not one of those horses looks natural, comfortable, or “at ease” to me. They all look forced, painful, and exaggerated. If you put 5” platform heels on my feet and asked me to “perform” - forget a marathon, let’s say in perhaps a play, or a ballroom dance - I’d be suffering, in pain, my joints would hurt, my back would hurt, my ankles and knees would want to give out. Then bolt me in those platform shoes, and put a rider on my back, and I’d be crippled from the performance. If I didn’t physically break down, I’d suffer silently, in the hopes of appeasing you for the relief and reprieve I pray comes, yet never does. For the more these horses win, the bigger the shoes, the bigger the soring, the more intense the pain to produce the bigger, better, more flamboyant “Big Lick”.
I wish for a day when unnatural gaits are never rewarded. Overly musclebound QHs with tiny feet and the inability to actually move and perform are replaced with beautiful foundation functional horses. I look for the day when the overbred overdished Arabian face with the flat back and croup that causes breathing issues and severe back and hind end pain is replaced by a beautiful and functional Arabian as once bred by the Polish and Russians and Spaniards, and Egyptians. I pray for a day when gaited horses - especially the TWH and Big Lick breeds - are replaced by the natural gaits of a true, happy plantation horse capable of being ridden all day by his Lady or Master around thousands of acres of land, smoothly, comfortably, and with ease and free from all pain, the way the descendants of these great horses once moved.
I pray that the death and destruction of the great Wild Eyed And Wicked isn’t for naught, but instead a lesson to be learned. Do not hate the horse. Do not hate the breed. Do not hate the gait. Instead hate the horrid and abusive training methods and the judges and authorities that rewards these methods as “winning”. For clearly, no one in this video is a winner. Last of all, the poor horses.