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Nathan Slaven (right) of Independence, Ore., inspects, Tee Time, a Tennessee Walking Horse under the watchful gaze of the horse's owner Sue Williams of McCleary, Wash., at the Northwest Walking Horse Classic in Spanaway, Wash., on July 11, 2015. Slaven is a "designated qualified person (DQP) certified by the USDA to check for soring, an illegal practice that involves burning a horses skin with chemicals. The horse passed his inspection. (© Karen Ducey Photography)