Two Horse Trainers Sue Tennessee

MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) - If you massage a horse in Tennessee,  you could be sent to jail or face a $500  fine.

 That's what two Middle Tennessee horse trainers were told by the Tennessee Veterinary Board.

The Beacon Center, a state watchdog group, filed a lawsuit on behalf of two women saying it's unconstitutional.

" In Tennessee, you can do all sorts of other things to horses without a license. including artificial insemination, you can shoe a horse, you can even castrate a horse without a license, but you can't massage a horse," said Hannah Cox, Beacon Center.

Cox said the Beacon Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of the two women.  One of the women Martha Stowe was trained and doing horse massages for years until a cease and desist letter came from the state.

" I felt like the rug had been pulled out from underneath me, said Martha Stowe,  a horse trainer.

According to the State of Tennessee, only licensed veterinarians can perform massages on horses or people who work for a vet.

"The veterinarians we've talked to said ' not only have they not been taught how to do this in vet school but we don't have time to do this. We are doing surgery giving real medical attention. We don't have the time or desire to do this'," said Cox.

The Beacon Center says horse massage issue is essentially is preventing the women's right to earn an honest living. Last year Tennessee lawmakers passed the Right to earn a living act which is a  law aimed at rolling back some of the state's occupational licensing requirements.

A committee is reviewing all 111 state occupational licenses this year to determine if they are burdensome to residents trying to make a living.

Spokesmen for the Tennesse Health Department said they don’t comment on pending litigation.


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