Can Horse Owners Believe The Horse Science? – Rounds With Doc T

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From 2020 to 2022, we were asked to believe the science. The first question is this – What is science? Can it be fair? Can it be absolute? How is it measured? How do you distinguish between “good” and “bad” science?

Over 1 million scientific papers are published yearly, and all are done with the best intentions in mind. However, they are all written by humans, and we all have flaws. Is a measurement accurate? Did we measure the right thing? Was the math applied to the data correct, and does it accurately present it in significant ways?

One of my veterinary education tenets at Cornell was to thoroughly examine published research papers and determine if something could be learned from them or were there more questions raised than answered. In the horse research world, the adage holds – follow the money. Most horse research is under-funded, biased, underpowered and simply wrong. This month’s Rounds delves into whether we can trust the horse science – or not.

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