Podcast #095 – Scientific Studies, Marketing, and Horse Care

The Equine Practice Inc, The Horse's Advocate

For many of us, it’s hard to understand math. But twisting numbers to explain what we observe only makes things worse. With confusion in our understanding of what the scientists find in an experiment, we turn to others, like magazines, news articles, and social media, for a distilled explanation. Further, we assume these distillers of information have it right, but unfortunately, they usually don’t.

Most horse owners only want to do what is best for their horses. We spend money on anything that sounds good. Yet, we often don’t see the results claimed by the science-backed studies. Why is this? Are the products made poorly? Or could the science these products are based on be wrong?

In this podcast, I explain in easy terms how a thought becomes a study and how the results are analyzed with math to predict if something causes disease and, more importantly, if it is clinically meaningful. The bottom line of how science affects our horses is why we must consider these basic ideas and analyze the data ourselves to Help Horses Thrive In A Human World™.

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