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The Trouble With “Evidence”

There are countless hoof products and practices—both verifiable and unverifiable—out there that the author says have become more popular due to salesmanship rather than evidence.

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There are countless hoof products and practices, both verifiable and unverifiable, out there that the author says have become more popular due to salesmanship rather than evidence. | Photo: Erica Larson/The Horse


By Michael Miller, MD, CJF FWCF

“Evidence-based” is recent buzzphrase that is present in every aspect of veterinary and human medicine. After 45 years as a farrier and 32 years in surgical practice, I find the phrase overused and pretty useless, especially when people act as though it’s something new. Upon what else would you base a choice of treatment or care besides

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5 Responses

  1. re: The Trouble With "Evidence"

    Couldn’t agree more with Ray, Glenn and Diane. The racehorses suffer something terrible with uneducated farriers who refuse to evolve and look at the science.  Professor Bowker (USA) is endeavouring to make a change and i understand his research i

  2. re: The Trouble With "Evidence"

    Funny thing is, I could say the same thing about a lot of fields… like education.  We know a lot about learning science and what works but others (marketing people, for-profit K-20 companies, textbook publishers, politicians, etc.) impact educat

  3. re: The Trouble With "Evidence"

    Can’t agree with you more Glenn! The most ridiculous comment I hear all the time is that "my horse needs shoes for support". Really? I can only understand a shoe for a medical therapy. If the horse needed "support" how can they walk

  4. re: The Trouble With "Evidence"

    Can’t for the life of me, figure out what the author is trying to get at with this ‘interesting’ article.

    There IS no scientific evidence for shoeing horses at all and when the veterinary industry moves into the 21st century, they might just dis

  5. re: The Trouble With "Evidence"

    When it comes to hooves skill level of both farriers and veterinarians is an issue. What they learn, how they learn it are all problems that need to be addressed. I work with horses belonging to different owners with different farriers and veterinarian

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