I'm smiling :) This makes me happy. I realize this is an old post, but it's a current controversy so I have to pitch in my two cents. For an outstanding, albeit graphic, website on TWHs and soring, go to Nathaniel and Jennie Jackson's website www.walkinonranch.com
and follow the links to their Celebration story. They are wonderful people, and it's a fantastic story, but be prepared to spend hours watching CNN news clips and videos of the show, and lots of testimony. Oh yeah, and have lots of tissues nearby. I learned more there than I have from all other sources combined.
Unfortunately, the issue is far from over. Soring will continue with the TWH breed as long as there's big revenue in it. Too many of the DQPs at the shows are "Big Lick" supporters and look the other way, and if a USDA inspector shows up and fines anyone, they're only prevented from entering that particular class. They just bring the sored horse back and show in a later class.
It's nice to read about other thoughtful and caring horse owners- your horses are very blessed to have you. I have a wonderful Tennessee Walking Horse gelding that I simply adore. He has a nice little gait, very comfy to ride on trails, and he's barefoot. If you're interested, hop over to "Are Saddlebreds Sored?" on this forum. Interesting discussion, but I had to get outta there.