Horse Owners Experiencing An Infodemic – Podcast #051

The Equine Practice Inc, The Horse's Advocate

Infodemic is a blend of “information” and “epidemic” that typically refers to a rapid and far-reaching spread of both accurate and inaccurate information about something, such as a disease. As facts, rumors, and fears mix and disperse, it becomes difficult to learn essential information about an issue. – Merriam-Webster

This podcast is where I vent my frustration in my attempt to help horse owners help their horses thrive in a human world. All I try to do is get the information to you that is as unbiased as I can make it. But in the past week, I have had several troubling stories come to me from people who have been told about the dangers of inflammation, yet each has a tragic or difficult outcome from ignoring it.

Worse, they are like most horse owners who turn to the “experts” who are either not well informed on the root causes of gut inflammation or have an agenda (marketing) to offer conflicting information. Both of these are not helping the horses they are serving. These sources include my colleague veterinarians and the large producers of horse grains.

We cannot afford to believe what experts, including me, hear. We all need to ask better questions and demand alternative and thoughtful answers. When we discover conflicting answers, we must ask who is correct and search for the answers. Or, it might be easier to ask this question – “How is what you are doing working for you?” Or this question, “If I keep doing what I’m doing, will my horse become healthier?”

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