Mercedes Clemens is suing two state agencies for her right to practice on horses. Clemens, a resident of the state of Maryland and a licensed massage therapist, feels that the state is unfairly keeping her from her true love, the art of horse massage. Clemens became privately certified in the art of horse massage about two years ago and eventually grew her horse massage business up to about 30 regular clients. The state, however, shut her down stating that only veterinarians have the right to massage horses, not licensed massage therapists. Clemens did as she was told and shut down her horse massage business but shortly after filed suit. Awaiting trial next month, she keeps up to date by practicing on her own horse, Chancy. (Syeed, Associated Press/, 08/19/2008)