well its been a week, and what an eventful one! first thing we did to his new stable?? take the top door right off! it cant be closed. he was then micro-chipped, passported and vaccinated. and given a massive bed (he was amazed by clean straw) managed to do his first foot pick the day after i got him. I nearly cried. his entire frog on both front feet were so infected. they smelt like cat food and i can honestly say were the most rancid feet i had ever seen. so we spent two days picking them up peroxiding them and getting him a bit balanced by the wall. bless him. he did kick out a few times and had trouble balancing as they were 2 inches over grown. he started to run a slight temperature the following evening (day 3) which i put down to a bit of anxiety. seemed a bit perkier on day 4 but quickly went down hill that evening. i was checking through the night on him but in the early hours of day 5 i turned up to find him down in the box, sweating and miserable. straight away the vet was called. a huge lump appeared where the microchip had gone in. it was the size of a golf ball. the vet came right away and found that the infection in his feet had spread to his legs, got into his blood stream. it had found an opening in his neck where the microchip was placed and so the infection was settling around it. after a painkiller to bring down his temperature (which was 104degrees!!) and two antibiotic jabs he perked up a bit and enjoyed some hay and a few carrots. day 6 i came in to find a different horse, totally happy so he went to the paddock for an hour to stretch his legs. he came in after an hour and quickly laid down for a nap. i actually went in with him for a cuddle and we snoozed together. keeping a close eye and by now, worried out of my life, the lump the size of a tennis ball, i saw him turn and his neck appeared to explode outwards, blood and pus all over me and him. the vet came straight out pumped him full of saline, antibiotics etc. today though, Wow! hes full of energy, happy and the swellings gone down, the vet said that I'm lucky the infection found a way out of his body as it could have been blood poisoning. he's a cheeky chappy who, after all the nursing is pretty happy to have me do anything i want. he was a good boy for the farrier today too!! the infections still there in both back feet and one front foot, one frog is still pretty rotten on the other but he will make a full recovery!