Shoeing School Challenges Law Restricting Admissions

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School alleges California law violates Constitution

Pictured Above: Bob Smith filed a federal lawsuit against the state of California after it prohibited him from teaching students who do not have a high school diploma or an equivalent. “This lawsuit is about government intrusion into a small business,” says the owner of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, which is based in Plymouth, Calif.  Photo: Institute for Justice

Esteban Narez works hard to provide for his family, but he wants to do more to give them a better life.

Like many Americans, the 26-year-old Watsonville, Calif., man has encountered his share of obstacles along the way. A major injury forced Narez to withdraw from high school during his senior year. Medical bills and family finances have required him to work full-time since then. Narez does his best to make ends meet by working 7 days a week at a ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

While shoeing horses at the ranch, Felton, Calif., farrier Cassidy Robyn took notice of Narez’s drive and work ethic and made him a deal — he’d hire him as an apprentice when he successfully completed farrier school.

It was just the opportunity that Narez was looking for — a good, honest living while continuing to work with horses. Shortly thereafter, though, Narez’s hopes for a better life encountered another obstacle. After applying to Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif., owner Bob Smith had to turn away Narez because he didn’t have a high school degree, GED or hadn’t passed a U.S. government-approved exam…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the editor of American Farriers Journal.

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