I truly do no know much about the registry itself, I do know it's an old registry and that old ways get passed down. Back in 1935, cruelty wasn't seen as the way it is today and I really have a feeling that the TWHBEA is sort of a good ol' boy club(I really hope I'm wrong) If that's the case it won't be easy getting rules to protect these animals. I remember once as a kid in eastern KY a guy on the back of a lovely TWH, trying to run the crap out of him. I noticed he looked like he wasn't happy, tried to stop a couple of times, we passed him (we were in a car) I turned to look I guess he thought we were far enough away. What happened next haunts me to this day, he took a chain and beat that horse into submission. I tried to open the door as we were going down the road dad stopped me said he couldn't risk getting shot with me in the car. I was heartbroken.