Patty, I agree with your statement entirely, but am curious about the last sentence. What does that cover, in practical terms? |
Does it mean that a farrier can't even tell a fussy or fidgety horse no? Or just that they can't lay hands (or tools) on the horse? What about swatting them on the shoulder for leaning?
If the horse is yanking a foot or kicking at the farrier when he asks for a hind foot etc all the farrier can do is step away and tell the owner to fix it.
The OWNER or trainer can do whatever they want to to correct the horse. But if the farrier were to whack the horse, he is breaking the law. If the farrier takes the lead rope and backs the horse up sharply or circles it, he is breaking the law. If the farrier applies a chain to the halter, he is breaking the law. Seriously.
They are not allowed to do any of the discipline or training in the horse. All they are supposed to do is work on the feet. And I think it is a good thing because the owners will do what they should to train the horses if they want the horses feet worked on because they know the farrier is not allowed to.