Read Walt Taylor's Farriery Initiative and the response of BWFA members HERE.

Liberty for All?

The BWFA speaks out about attempts to take away our free trade.

Farrier Licensing By Any One Entity Will:

1. Possibly place farriers under the scope of veterinary medicine. Just as most doctors didn't want the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "ObamaCare") but are now hurt by it's enforcement, most veterinarians don't want farrier licensing and will be forced to deal with it's enforcement.

What this means to you:

  • If you are working without a vet license or not under the direct supervision of a licensed vet, you will be a lawbreaker.
  • Horse owners would be criminalized for tending to their own horses' feet.

2. There may be state to state licensing requirements.

What this means to you:

  • If you are a specialty shoer, work on show circuits or travel to nearby states to work, you'll need be get multiple licenses and maintain them as each state requires.

3. Farriers could become the target of lawsuits if a horse is injured.

4. Liability insurance will be more difficult to obtains and malpractice insurance could become a requirement.

What all of these things mean to you:

  • Fees
  • Fees
  • More fees

5. The farrier industry would be policed by a governing board of bureaucrats instead of the farriers themselves.

6. The government would determine what individual and privatized horseshoeing schools must use as curriculum and what guidelines should be used for testing.

7. Revenue would be lost due to licensing fees.

In addition to:

  • An increase in the cost of farrier services to cover higher operation costs, deterring the public from owning horses. Less horse owners equals less demand for farriers.
  • A loss of money to tax payers as a result of having another government oversight office(s) and more personnel.

8. The horse owning public will have less choice when it comes to who can shoe their horses.

Find out for yourself!

Find out the truth about farrier licensing, how it will affect you and who is behind the push for more government involvement in our industry.