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ruling ends three year challenge against texas board of veterinary medical examiners Ar l i n g t o n , Va

— Late yesterday, a judge in Austin, Texas struck down an effort by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to put horse teeth floaters out of business and leave the state’s approximately one million horses without proper dental care. The court ruled that the Board violated state law when it changed its policy on horse teeth floating. “The judge made

clear to the Vet Board that enough is enough,” said Clark Neily, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice, which

Do you own a tal-

ented horse? Do you often think you and your horse could do what they do on TV or in commercials or in print if only given the chance? Well, now is that time.

On March 12, 2011

in the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth you and your horse can compete using

filed the lawsuit in August 2007. “The ruling means that Texas’ horse teeth floaters are free to go back to work.” “Floating” is the term

dentistry often far exceeds that of veterinarians. Floaters play a vital role in Texas’s horse industry.

for filing horses’ teeth to ensure proper length and alignment. Unlike most animals, horses’ teeth grow throughout their lives. Their teeth must be filed down every 6-12 months to prevent their molars from devel- oping long enamel “points” that can prevent them from chewing food properly. For centuries, the practice has been performed by specialized “teeth floaters,” whose knowledge of equine

challenges you might see on TV or in a movie, do tricks, and perform freestyle to music in a manner similar to American Idol or America’s Got Talent in front of a panel of judges. There are great prizes and a cash jackpot, but even more importantly, the winners will be given an opportunity to per- form at the Historic Fort Worth

one of the nation’s leading prac- titioners of horse teeth floating, applauds the ruling. “From the very beginning,” said Mitz, “my clients and I knew the Board’s actions to put me out of business had nothing to do with quality and safety but everything to do with eliminating competition.” Until recently, the

Texas Vet Board acknowledged and approved teeth floating by non-veterinarians, recognizing

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IJ client Carl Mitz,

that “there are not enough veterinarians skilled in equine dentistry to meet the public’s needs.”

2006, the president of the state veterinary association demanded that the Vet Board shut down non-veterinarian floaters and force them, in ef- fect, to turn over their thriving businesses to state-licensed veterinarians. Without con- sulting the public and without notifying horse teeth floaters, the Vet Board complied with the veterinarians’ request and declared bureaucratic war on

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non-veterinarian teeth float- ers.

waves of cease-and-desist letters to floaters without de- termining how the new policy would affect horse owners and in complete disregard of state- mandated rulemaking proce- dures. The Board even can- celled a public “stakeholder” meeting that had been set for April 30, 2007, based on one board member’s cynical con- cern that a public hearing might prompt legislative intervention on behalf of the floaters. At first, the Board

The Board sent

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denied that it had changed its teeth-floating policy, stalling the lawsuit for two years. The board later acknowledged that it had changed its teeth-floating policy, but claimed that its ac- tions could not be challenged in court.

one of our essential freedoms,” said Neily. “The government needs real reasons for licens- ing horse teeth floating or, for that matter, any occupation. This case shows that when the government violates the law, entrepreneurs can fight back and win.”

“Economic liberty is

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