I feel that body work is extremely beneficial to horses in work, starting to work, and for rehab. I,personally, don't think there is enough body work being done to improve our horses' comfort and overall health.
My mare is a completely different soul having had all the body work and special TLC. If the horse is not right in their body, their ability to perform the tasks we ask of them will always be a struggle. I am training with the horse always in mind and taken into consideration. We ask a lot out of them, and it is our job to properly maintain them so that they can live to be our long-lasting partners.
I just wanted to spread my opinion on this subject, especially for those who have not been introduced to the idea of body work.