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Each horse is born with its own conformation, but many factors affect skeletal structure and posture as the foal grows up.
Often by the time a farrier is working on that horse’s feet, there are issues that put stress on various parts. The feet and legs not only will be out of “balance,” but the horse might be uncomfortable in positions farriers want for it as they work on the feet. A farrier might think the horse’s resistance is a behavioral issue, when in fact it is related to discomfort.
Rebecca Tenges, owner of Equine BodyWorks LLC and Equine Bodyworks Academy International in Mequon, Wis., often works with farriers on horses with challenging…