New horse Russell made the long journey from Yorkshire yesterday but arrived looking extremely cheerful and ready to show us what he was made of.
As usual with new horses, it was important to assess how he was landing and loading his feet and to see him move on straight lines and on the lunge so that we could establish how capable he was at day one and what we needed to improve.
Russell is another long term barefoot horse and has pretty decent feet. On his initial photos, the only things which really jump out are the poor hoof pastern axis on his RF and his weak frogs and digital cushions, which affect both front feet.
Even on this, his worse foot, there is lots to like and he certainly has a head start over many horses who come here.
The LF is certainly more symmetrical, except for the strange heel imbalance which is clear from this photo.
Just to add to the confusion, he shows a clear muscle imbalance through his shoulders and hindquarters which are far more developed on the left side than the right...
Despite all this, Russell is capable of starting work straightaway and we will certainly have lots to work on, both in terms of straightness and of course his feet. More on him soon!