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New bill aims to address Equine Massage Therapy practice

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Published: Mar. 3, 2018 at 9:45 PM CST
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There's massage therapy for humans and also for horses. One bill in the state legislature wants to make it easier for these massage practitioners to operate.

It's called Equine Massage Therapy. Currently Nebraska law makes it hard for you to be someone who provides massage therapy on a horse, without first being licensed to do massage therapy on humans.

LB 596 by State Senator Mike Groene is aimed at allowing more people to practice the unique therapy, like Karen Hough of Arnold, Nebraska.

Karen has over fifty years of experience working with horses starting when she was just 10 years old.

In 2009 she decided to get certified in Equine Massage Therapy and started a small business offering it but in 2011, she received a cease and desist letter saying she could face jail time if she didn't stop.

It's now been seven years since she's been able to practice. During that time, she's been contacting her local representatives to get changes to the law.

The Platte Institute For Economic Research says those who might be against the bill would be those who are already able to practice Equine Massage Therapy under their current licence.

If the bill passes, someone like Karen would be able to continue to practice with her certification. Others would have a grace period until 2022 to get their certification.