Saturday, August 16, 2008

Illegal Horse Massage

Occupational licensing is one area where a reasonable idea has morphed into either a joke or a nightmare, depending your point of view. Consider this news story about a licensed massage therapist in Maryland who has been ordered to stop massaging horses until she becomes a licensed veterinarian. What's next? A licensed-horse-massage-vet?

By the way, a quick Google search of videos on the subject of horse massage comes up with 556 videos, and Amazon offers at least 48 books on the subject. Imagine the threat to public safety if some amateur watches any of those videos or reads any of those books, and then tries to massage a horse without state approval!

As a newcomer to the subject of horse massage, it seems to me that getting the horse's approval would be more important. But what do I know? I don't have a license.

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