I'm glad to see they're still going after the people who do these things to those show horses. I just hope the charges stick. I hope it makes those oblivious owners begin to question the trainers they send their own horses to.
The idea of an organization that oversees "performance/padded/big lick" divisions even having an "ethics" committee is like a cruel joke. Making a horse so uncomfortable that it moves in a "flashy" way to avoid pain is not ethical no matter what terms are used to justify it.
And yes - the TWH is
an extremely stoic breed. That's what makes it even more heartbreaking (to me), because they'll just stand there and let these things be done to them, and they'll still try their hearts out for their rider. . .many other breeds would have kicked the person's head off and become impossible to get near.