Hmm, Peaches, can I come to your barn and see all your teenage, previously padded but currently 100% sound walking horses? Didn't think so. There are so few. Even if you don't "sore" a padded horse ... Pads on a young horse not only damage the hooves, they put tremendous strain on the hind end - hocks, stifles, hips, that are still growing. (A horse doesn't finish growing until he is 5, but TWH's are often started between 16-18 months). Front pasterns often fuse and permanently turn out from being on pads or weighted shoes as a BABY. Horses on pads can't be turned out in a pasture because heck, they could tear half their hoof off. Then, you add chemicals, chains, and other techniques of soring to the mix, you have horses that carry scars on their legs through however many owners they might have in their lifetime - meaning potential elimination from the show ring, potential fines, lost profit ... nevermind the physical harm to the horse. So, a law to firm up what the HPA originally tried to do, can't be considered a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination.
Have you ever rehabbed an ex-padded horse? I have. And anyone else who has can see the huge benefits in the PAST act. Furthermore, Ms. Stout, as VP of Horse Shows for TWHBEA, went above and beyond to poll the paid membership of the organization she works for and whose membership she is supposed to represent, in asking for the members' opinions. Every thriving breed organization seeks comments from its members, and yet TWHBEA's board continues on without seeming to care that more than 1700 of its paid members weighed in on the issue. It's a shame for the breed. Hopefully NWHA can continue to establish itself as the alternative registry for those who love and enjoy to show the naturally gaited, sound horse - maybe they'll gain another 1100 members who have been told their current breed organization doesn't care what they think.
There is plenty of accuracy on the internet. Try looking for it, instead of the propaganda spewed by the executive board of TWHBEA - and you might check the collective HPA violations of those in charge, while you are at it. Nice thing is, with a federal law designed to try to eliminate soring, those who have sored a horse are listed in a federal database that everyone can access if they are the least bit curious.