The first approach that Socrates uses to prove his innocence's is he uses a practical comparison between horses and all living and artificial things "Take the case of horses; do you believe that those who improve them make up the whole of the mankind and that there is only one person who has a bad effect on them? Or is the truth just the opposite that the ability to improve them belongs to one person or to very few persons, who are horse-trainers, whereas most people, if they have to do with horses and make use of them, do them harm." 2 The premises in this quote are:
1. Horse trainers do improve horses.
2. Those who use the horses do not enhance them.
3. There are more horse owners than the horse trainers.
4. Therefore, the improvements come from a small group of specialist, while the corruption comes from most people.
5. What is true for horses is true for all living and artificial things.
The conclusion that can be made about these premises is that Socrates is not the one who is corrupting the youth because he is a specialist in this field. In addition, the real corruptors of the youth are the greater population of Athens because they are not specialist on teaching wisdom. What important about this conclusion is that even though Socrates uses horses as an example he