I knew there was one new horse arriving yesterday, but it turned out that there were two - Oscar and his girlfriend Dilly. They have both come from the same yard and are under the same vet, so there is - if it were possible - even more than the usual pressure for the rehab of these horses to succeed(!)
Oscar arrived in shoes and his feet and distal limbs were cool to the touch where as Dilly - whose shoes had been taken off a week ago for an MRI - had warm legs and hooves.
The effect of shoes is something that we are discussing on the UKNHCP forum at the moment (http://uknhcp.myfastforum.org/ftopic2544-0-asc-0.php) and the difference between Oscar's and Dilly's foot temperature (given that both had been on the same lorry for 8 hours and then in the same barn since they came off the lorry) reminded me of a post I put up here in a while ago: http://rockleyfarm.blogspot.com/2009/12/cold-feet-warm-feet.html
Meanwhile, it was time to take the initial footage of Oscar and Dilly and to record how they were placing their feet. Their owners had suspected they were both toe-first landing in front...
Dilly - day one footage from Nic Barker on Vimeo.
Oscar - day one footage from Nic Barker on Vimeo.
Lots more on these two of course over the next few weeks...