“This year, the Farrier’s Registration Council, the body responsible for safeguarding the interests of all farriers practicing in the UK, brought a criminal prosecution case against an Equine Podiatrist, (a highly qualified practitioner of Barefoot hoof care) for the use of Flexible Hoof Wraps. The FRC is arguing that the application of these wraps, which are designed as a temporary tool to help horses who have just come out of shoes through the rehabilitation process, by someone who is not a registered farrier, is enough to put them on a charge of illegal shoeing.
This is an obvious case of the big boys using their money and influence to try and squash a movement that is still in its fledgling years. The Podiatrist, lacking the funds to engage in such a case, pleaded guilty, and was fined almost the maximum level of fine. This opens the door for the prosecution of any person who puts wraps on a horses feet, or any horse owner who has it done.”