Retired champion Denman is recovering after spending five months at Newmarket’s Equine Hospital being treated for a life-threatening infection in his leg which had spread to his bloodstream.
Denman, one of the most popular chasers of recent years, enjoyed arguably his finest hour when storming to a spectacular seven length victory over his stable mate Kauto Star in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Denman retired in 2011 and has since been team chasing and hunting under the care of Charlotte Alexander who has been present throughout Denman’s treatment and recovery.
Following diagnosis of the infection, Denman was taken for treatment at the Newmarket Equine Hospital. Vets there closely monitored Denman’s rehabilitation, protecting him from further injury and making sure he got plenty of exercise to improve his mobility. Once he was deemed healthy enough, he was gently re-introduced to grazing in the field with other horses for company. Denman is now out of the hospital and back at home in Gloucestershire where he continues to recuperate. Speaking to the Racing Post, Denman’s owner Paul Barber said “I can’t say enough for Newmarket and Charlotte. They’ve done a huge job, it’s wonderful.”
Denman is just one example of the many racehorses who continue to receive first class veterinary treatment and care long after retiring from the sport. Over 8,000 horses are registered with Retraining of Racehorses, British Horseracing’s charity for the welfare of retired racehorses. The charity strives to provide the best care and training to retired racehorses and ensuring that they find loving homes from which they can enjoy a second career.
For more information about Retraining of Racehorses, please visit http://www.ror.org.uk/index.php
Photographs courtesy of Steve Dennis, Racing Post, 19th March 2013.