Alas! In 1311-12 one of the two affers or draught animals at the Templars’ commandery at Lydley in Shropshire fell ill with quodam morbo in nervis, an unidentified disease of the sinews, or the nerves — or simply meaning that it lost all its strength. A mareschal or farrier was called in to care for it, at a cost of two shillings and 11 pence, but there was no hope: the animal died.
Its carcase was sold for seven pence, and a replacement affer was obtained from the former Templar manor of Stanton Long, so that there were still two at Lydley at the end of the year. The accounts for 1311-12 add that during the sowing the two affers and 18 oxen ate 6 and a half quarters of oats — so at Lydley the ploughing was done by both horses and oxen, and obviously two horses were needed to pull a plough.
For more about Lydley, see below.