Podcast #051 – Horse Owners Experiencing An Infodemic

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 will be a podcast where I vent my frustration in my attempts to help horse owners help their horses thrive in a human world. All I try to do is get the information out that is as unbiased as I can possible 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 and yet each have a tragic or difficult outcome from ignoring it. Worse, they are like most horse owners who are turning to the “experts” that are either not well informed on the root causes of gut inflammation or have an agenda 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 just believe what we hear from experts including me. We all need to ask better questions and demand alternative and thoughtful answers. When we discover conflicting answers we need to ask who is correct and then search for the answers. Or, it might be easier to just 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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