Bands and heavy shoes

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The World Walking Horse Association, Inc. is a breed association, not a show organization. As such, we have limited ability to control what horses wear on their feet. We cannot realistically create regulations and enforce them when it comes to how a horse is shod, however, horses with heavily weighted shoes and bands will not receive recognition in the World Walking Horse Association via points or year-end awards, nor are such devices allowed in the classes of the sound HIO’s whose shows we approve for points. The World Walking Horse Association will continue to encourage and reward the natural walking horse and will always continue to support the sound horse movement.