We are immensely proud to have scientific papers published on two of our products.
Rachel Murray from the Animal Health Trust led the writing of both papers:
What's the big deal?
Articles published in academic journals are acknowledged as the most important measure of scientific achievement.
When an article is published in an academic journal, it becomes part of the permanent scientific record. This is recognition that the testing has been carried out under controlled scientific conditions with little or no room for misinterpretation. It is confirmation that the research can be trusted.
What is peer review?
In order to ensure that articles meet certain standards of quality and scientific validity, every paper in a scientific journal is peer reviewed. This means the editor sends the article to other scientists in the same field as the author. The ‘peers’ scrutinise the methodology of the testing that’s taken place and provide unbiased feedback on the article, advising the editor whether or not they think the study is of high enough quality to be published. The fact that experts in the same field of research have approved the publication of a paper gives it credibility and authority.
Of course the results are important, but the scientific method is also an essential part of the study. A paper has to supply enough details so that an independent researcher could repeat the tests and verify the results. This means the testing had to be controlled and consistent. For example the same person tacked up each horse, the horses were not always ridden in the original tack first (to counteract any claim that they’d warmed up by the time the Fairfax tack went on) and each testing sessions took place within the space of one day.
At Fairfax, we make enormous commitments in terms of time and financial investment to scientifically research and develop our products. Our efforts are truly rewarded when we can say the benefits to the horse’s performance are scientifically proven.