Well, seems I missed a lot in the past couple days.
First off, going back to the car talk portion... I'm a Chevy guy, always had the best luck with them. Used to have an early 90's Ford F-150 with a 305 engine that had plenty of power to pull a trailer, but towed terribly. Every bump felt like the truck was going to spin and jacknife the trailer. My 94 Blazer towed the same trailer like there was nothing there, with two Belgian mares in it. Dad's new truck is the same approximate year with about the same engine as that Ford had, and pulls the trailer no problem. So I'm a Chevy guy. As for the AWD comment, it's a marketing ploy basically. In theory it's supposed to alter the torque to each wheel independantly so that if one tire starts spinning, the torque is reduced there, but increased to the opposing tire to counter the spinning. But the only way it's effective is if you keep on the gas steadily, which most people don't do once they start slipping.
And any time there is a rear end collision, it is assumed that the person in the rear is at fault unless there is evidence to the contrary. The theory is that a person whould always have thier vehicle under control enough to avoid an accident under any conditions. If the officer tried to blame you for everything, you should have taken pictures of the scene, gotten numbers from people who were present, and gotten the cop's badge number because he's obviously a moron and shouldn't be allowed on accident scenes.
Oh, and Poppy, that saddle looks almost identical to the one my dad has. He loves it and it has been on anything from a tennesee walker with narrow shoulders, to his big haffy mare. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Also, I keep forgetting to take my camera out to the barn to get pictures of Mellzy, but they are coming, I promise. She's coming along quite well, just stubborn. Tonight, we work with the dreaded tarp. She did great with a plastic bag on a carrot stick, by the end she barely even cared it was there. If she trusts me enough to be around the tarp, I think it's time to put a saddle on here, see how much she hates that.