Originally Posted by BLAZERIVERSONG
That's exactly what it's like. He has been barefoot trimmed all his life before I got him by his previous owner. He arrived with this stiffness so I am fairly confident it's not my farriers fault. But will definitely be getting a chiro out just in case. Thanks for all the input.
It is always good to be kind to them, just in case (with the chiro, I mean here. Lol).
On top of the tight conformation on my two, my mare got a cannon bone surface fracture of a back leg a year or so ago, but we didn't realize it was fractured for a couple of months. She started to favor that leg being handled after the old farrier accidently grabbed her right on the fracture when he was doing her foot. (not why we changed farriers; no one knew, as it was the type of fracture that shows no real obvious symptoms). Ever since then, and all the wrapping changes after surgery we had to do, I swear she seems like she doesn't love that leg being messed with much. She tolerates it and is nice, but especially likes it to be babied and held a certain way.
I do try to do stretching exercises with them both.
But I still feel like their normal is totally fine. In my mind, it is no different than the fact that I have never been able to touch my toes, and nor will I ever be able to! I just don't have that flexibility in me! But conformationally I think I am perfectly fine. :)