I had to laugh at the posts and agree with most of them regarding soring. Do you really need to ask?
Soring a horse in order to win a ribbon is just absurd.
What are we judging? Mans ability to manipulate the horse to his whim through pain and fear or the true beauty of the natural horse and its ability to learn through natural methods.
Soring is definitley a serious business for those who depend upon "winning" for their livelyhood. Until we change the JUDGING and QUALIFYING methods used for show horses, and disqualifying from competition those horses (and their trainers or owners) showing any signs of soring or soring methods used in training, we are banging our heads against the floor.
If you are truly interested in stopping the madness, check out some of the great clubs and groups out there who advocate for natural training methods and the showing of sound horses and support them. FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) is a great advocate and has developed a show circuit for Sound Gaited Horses. They have done alot of work in stopping the cruel punishment inflicted on the TWH show horses. Check them out and support them.