Unfortunately, whilst "absurd dogmas are continually uttered with all the confidence of well-ascertained truths, and afterwards, though plainly confuted, have persisted through pride in maintaining them. And it is lamentable to think of the hundreds of young men that have been thus misled by these teachers, and of the thousands of horses which have been punished...." words do harm and will continue to do so.
It is long overdue that people think for themselves, that they don´t accept their farriers or vets "word for it". I have always been more than ready to explain, and talk through everything I do, along with providing facts to support it. In the 12 years I have been developing the Whole Horse Protocol... yes, developing, as it is constantly upgrading every time a new validated and relevant study comes to light, or technology brings new materials for hoof boots or ways of providing necessary minerals etc... I have continued to learn. I didn´t sign off when I completed a nutrition course, or massage therapy course. I don´t wash my hands of ´it´, believing there is nothing more to know.
The paragraph in inverted comma´s are the words of Dr. Bracy Clark, veterinary at the London Veterinary School in the early 1800´s. Nearly 200 years ago he provided proof that the Vets and students were learning about the equine hoof from deformed specimens, deformed by metal shoes, believing them to be anatomically correct in their contracted and stretched state. He was not alone in that period proving that the unshod hoof was far healthier than its shod counterpart. Academic peers, the likes of J.C. Gross and A. Lungwitz all shared his view, un-beknowingly to each other.
"where nonsense is taught by authority and widely disseminated..." will never be so at the Whole Horse Protocol. Our words will never harm