Oh dear, I've been a lazy blogger the past couple of weeks :o(
Quick catch up: his heel is better (the last bit of scab is just dropping off), no further lameness, his weight is steady in the 450s and I rode him last Monday! Only for 15 minutes, he was good for about 5 and then his attention started to stray and it was all a bit 'Ooh! Sheep! Ooh! Lamb! Ooh! Car!' I've shut off the bottom field now, he's got the field shelter field (grazed almost bare) and a 5 metre strip of the house field, though the four sheep he's living with have the run of the whole thing. It's just coming back after lambing so I thought it would be an idea to get them on it before it's suddenly hock deep and lush. That said, it's rich enough that he completely failed to notice I haven't given him breakfast today!
We actually had a very sweet moment this morning, he was lying down so I went and sat with him and stroked his neck and he rested his nose against my shoulder and dozed for 20 minutes.
The search for a friend for him continues, with a bit more urgency now that the two ponies next door have been moved away. He still has horses in eyesight, but none that he can touch very easily now. Last weekend's prospect turned out to be a no go because she was probably in foal, much to the surprise of her owner (I did feel for the seller, she'd tried to get hold of me the night before to tell me, but I'd gone to bed early because of having to get up early to catch the ferry to Orkney to see her!). Tomorrow I'm off to see a local pony - he's been for sale for a few weeks but I've been resisting going to see him a) because he's a Welsh D gelding and I've been looking at Highland mares and b) because the advert said POA which I generally interpret as out of budget. However, after two people sent me his details I thought there was no harm in asking and it turns out that the price they're looking for is realistic, includes his tack and matches the very top of my budget, so we'll go and see what he's like.