I've said this many times on this site. It's a sore spot for me. Up here in Alberta, at our TWHBEA and AWHA shows, you will never see a sored walker. Our class lists will include Trail Pleasure, Country Pleasure and Flat Shod. No big lick classes, no chains, no stacks. This is why I support our shows and will continue to do so.
I love my Walking horses and we need to promote sound walking horses without stacks, chains, etc. It is a pleasure to train and show these horses, it is so technical, I absolutely love it.