How to Measure Horses’ Rehabilitation Progress Objectively
As we know, the list of rehabilitation modalities currently used in horses is far longer than the row of scientific articles lined up to support their use.
“While it is widely accepted that equine rehabilitation not only helps prevent injury but also restores function following an injury and enhances a horse’s athletic performance, the practice of evidence-based medicine mandates valid outcome measures,” Connor said. “Otherwise, we are unable to provide credible and reliable justification for these therapies and are unable to devise specific therapeutic protocols for particular indications.”
In other words, without the science backing up these programs, the industry remains reliant on testimonials touting the virtues of rehabilitation … much like what owners encounter when attempting to purchase oral nutritional supplements for their
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