There were a few things that needed attention when I started trimming him, but he is largely a self trimming horse most of the year. As you can see in the photos, his feet are not textbook "perfect", but they work beautifully for him. One tends to be a little more upright than the other, but I don't try to make them match. His feet are still developing and growing, too. The starvation he suffered delayed some of his growth - he has grown 2" in height since last year. I expect that his feet will be mature sometime next year after he turns 5.
He is now being ridden on my mountain trails. He is just a remarkable horse. I have mostly ridden TBs over the last 30 years, so I am familiar with their feet.
I think the best thing is if they never wear shoes to begin with. So many are shod early, if they ever raced, and it destroys their feet.
I hope that Robo Cop's story inspires more people to consider TBs, besides being beautiful and elegant, as sturdy, tough footed animals.
Please remember that wonderful horses just like Robo Cop are at the killer pens awaiting that trip to the slaughterhouse every day.
you can rescue just one, it will change your life forever.
Check out TB Friends in Woodland, a TB rescue ranch. http://www.tbfriends.com