Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Just Because x Is True Does Not Mean That 10 Times x Is Truer
Some lessons apply across the board. One of these lessons involves revolutions. Take a look back at Crane Brinton's ground breaking work, "The Anatomy of a Revolution."
Revolutions begin by fighting the status quo. All too often they end in a viscous struggle of various factions, each of whom claim to be the true heirs of the revolution. These purists generally share the belief that the revolution did not "go far enough."
There is, as Dr. Miller entitled his great book, "A Revolution in Horsemanship." That revolution needs to stay on track. I am a strong proponent of natural horse care. I have no doubt that the healthiest way for any creature to live is to live as close as possible to how it evolved to exist.
But I recognize exceptions, and the most important exception is the prudent use of dewormers. The reality is that nearly all young horses and nearly all aged horses are very susceptible to worm infestation. The reality also is that many other horses naturally fight off over infestation to the degree that they never need worming.
For those horses for whom parasites are a problem I see no advantage in not using effective dewormers. Dogma should never be allowed to trump reality. Ideas weaken when they become ideology. And horse health should never be sacrificed on the alter of acceptable doctrine.
True believers have a hard time with this concept.
Posted by Steve Edwards