Dr. Ramey believes that there should be no effort spared to help the horse, by any means that has been shown to be effective.
Unfortunately, although many people may want to help, many of the methods used are ineffective. The last several decades have given rise to a diverse groups of unrelated, unproven, and/or ineffective therapies known by various terms, including “alternative,” “complementary,” or “integrative” medicine. While the sheer number of such therapies make generalizations about them difficult, these therapies typically to lack scientific support, and may also be supported by false and/or unproven claims.
Dr. Ramey feels using therapies that are unproven or disproven, even under the best of intentions, is a waste of time, effort, and money. Furthermore, horses should not be subjected to ineffective treatments that can cause them stress, and, in some cases, even harm. It’s expensive enough to keep horses – there’s no reason to waste money on implausible therapies that don’t work.