Podcast #038 – Horses In Addition And Subtraction Of Science

The Equine Practice Inc, The Horse's Advocate

Horses have been around for about 55 million years. They have been with humans for about 4000 years. They have been replaced with machines in many parts of the world in the past 70 years. Diseases including obesity, Insulin Resistance, Laminitis, Cushing’s, Developmental Orthopedic Disease, Tooth Decay and more have started or have been on the rise over the past 40 years.

We look to science to find the answers, yet it appears that science is either failing or being usurped by marketing to sell agenda-driven scientific results to horse owners. Today’s podcast will look at the complexities of the art of scientific research and how it is being manipulated by marketing with an impact not always in the best interest of horses. Is it the scientists’ fault? Not really. It is the art of science that non-scientists don’t realize is fallible. This leads to a lack of trust and, worse, harm to our horses and us.

This is just a discussion not of science but of all horse owners and technicians (including veterinarians) who want to trust the science but are confused when we see that the science isn’t always working. So instead, maybe we should start subtracting what we think we know in our additions to the lives of horses and look at what evolution has taught us and trust in the great experiment of nature.

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