I am a little concerned about people lumping all padded horses into the same group with the Big Lick horse. There is a HUGE difference with a pad and the big stacks that the Big Lick horses wear. A horse with a padded shoe can still go out in the pasture or run in a paddock. Some horses are padded to protect their feet/legs and to keep them more comfortable.
I agree with the above posters who said light weight chains or leather bands are not an issue. The issue is the chemical soring and THEN putting HEAVY chains on the horse (once sored anything on the leg is painful) They use these things to purposely HURT the animal. There are other breeds who use lightweight action devices without hurting the horse in any way. This law needs to be worded carefully, but it IS needed. IMO
No horse should suffer like these poor creatures do and the people (every one of them) involved in doing this should suffer the same as the horse do.
They are all guilty but any vet who can protect the monsters that do this stuff should be publicly flogged. A vet takes an oath to do no harm and looking the other way while this happens is doing harm even if it isn't their own hand that does the soring. It is shameful and sickening to see this stuff still happening after all these years.