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AHC Washington Update

The American Horse Council’s “Welfare of the Horse” Forum is Now Available on Horse TV’s H-SPAN from the American Horse Council On Tuesday June 16, 2009 the American Horse Council held “The Welfare of the Horse” forum in Washington, DC.  The Forum, sponsored by Luitpold, was held as part of the AHC’s National Issues Forum and featured speakers from segments of the horse community as varied as competition, sport, work and entertainment. Speakers and panelists discussed the many welfare and safety initiatives that various segments of the horse industry have in place or are instituting. The Welfare of the Horse forum created an opportunity for the industry to provide reports on the welfare and safety initiatives already in place and those that are being undertaken.  It also lets the fans, the general public, the media, and elected officials know how important this is to the horse community. The forum is available for on-demand viewing here.  H-SPAN is a digital channel providing coverage of industry symposiums, meetings, educational presentations and more on its equestrian television portal,  It is a continuing service provided by HorseTV for the benefit of the international horse community, and its mission is to inform, educate, empower and unite the industry worldwide. Dr. Scott Palmer, a nationally-know veterinarian and past-president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, delivered the keynote address. Other featured speakers included Gary...

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Chiropractic Board Declines To Rescind Cease & Desist Order Against Equine Massage Therapist

by Katherine O. Rizzo In the summer of 2008, after receiving a cease and desist letter, human and equine massage therapist Mercedes Clemens sued the Maryland State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. On May 5, 2009, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge David A. Boynton suspended the hearing against the Board, strongly urging the Board to rethink its position and policy, and giving them until June 2 to do so. On May 14, the Board met for its monthly, open meeting. In attendance were two reporters (this reporter and Steve Lash for The Daily Record), former senator Paula Hollinger and Mercedes’ attorney, Paul Sherman from the Institute for Justice. When the Board reached this item on its agenda, it closed the meeting, throwing the reporters, as well as the senator and the lawyer, out of the room, so that they could “discuss the issue and make a final decision.” After 30 minutes, the lawyer, senator and reporters were allowed back into the room, only to be told that the Board had received some sort of mysterious “new information” which needed further discussion and that they would present a written statement “at a future time.” What next? Make sure you have subscribed to The Equiery’s News Feed in order to receive updates directly to your e-mail account. Equiery Recommended Reading: Hold Your Horses: A Delay in That Massage Case by John Kelly...

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Judge Sides with Equine Massage Therapist

On May 5, 2009, massage therapist Mercedes Clemens reached another milestone in her lawsuit to reclaim her right to massage horses when a judge essentially told the Maryland State Board of Chiropractic Examiners to “back off.” Last summer, The Equiery reported that Mercedes Clemens was suing the Maryland State Boards of Chiropractic Examiners and Veterinary Medical Examiners for violation of her constitutional rights after the Chiropractic Board issued her several “cease and desist” orders, using documentation from the Vet Board as back up for their position. “The Maryland Constitution protects my right to earn an honest living free from unreasonable regulations,” explained Ms. Clemens at the time of the filing. Eventually, because the Vet Board had not been responsible for directly sending Mercedes a cease and desist order, and because they claimed to have no problem with equine massage, so long as the practitioner did not claim that any health benefits would be derived, the case against the Vet Board was dismissed. Wouldn’t that be sufficient? No, because the cease and desist order from the Chiropractic Board clearly stated that if Mercedes continued to practice on animals, they would rescind her license to practice on humans. Washington Post’s John Kelly describes the conundrum and the May 5 scene in the courtroom in his May 6 column: …How can an organization that oversees the massaging of humans crack heads when...

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