The winning formula of love and first class care means that injured racehorse Maddi is now on the road to recovery, thanks to a team effort which demonstrates the exemplary levels of equine welfare provided throughout the racing industry.
Maddi is a homebred horse, owned by former MP for Workington and South West Hertfordshire, and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Racing and Bloodstock industries, Richard Page. Richard grew up around horses, turning his attention to show jumping in his 20s, and found racing to be his true passion. Maddi, one of Richard’s most exciting young talents, was named after his late wife who sadly passed away earlier this year, after over 53 years of marriage.
When Maddi made her racecourse debut in Bath last month, all her connections had very high hopes for her. Unfortunately, during the race her jockey detected that something wasn’t quite right. Maddi was taken to have an ultrasound as soon as the race finished. Quick and effective action by the veterinary team revealed that in her eagerness to race, Maddi had sustained a pelvic fracture.
Following diagnosis, Maddi immediately received first class veterinary treatment. Arrangements were made to ensure that she was as comfortable and supported as possible. The veterinary officers agreed with owner Richard Page and trainer Luke Dace that it would be best for Maddi to remain at the racecourse’s stables until she had made a sufficient recovery. This would also enable her to avoid aggravating her injury. The racecourse was more than happy to provide Maddi with a stable and care for almost a month, whilst she recovered.
During this time, Maddi received round-the-clock care through a team effort involving the Bath Racecourse vets, Richard Page, Luke Dace and the racecourse stable management team. Local trainer Grant Cann who had followed Maddi’s journey also helped out. Everyone was united in the hope that Maddi would pull through and played a part in contributing to Maddi’s rehabilitation.
Maddi still continues to receive the best possible care from those around her during her rehabilitation and Richard Page has been overwhelmed with the level of support Maddi has received. He said: “I am so touched to see the level of support given by everyone to help Maddi make a full recovery, and would like to thank everyone who has given their all. I was delighted when the ultrasound confirmed she had a great chance of pulling through, and I would like to thank everyone involved for making sure that Maddi’s wellbeing was always the main priority.”
Maddi continues to grow stronger with every passing day and on behalf of everyone at The Horse Comes First, we wish Maddi all the best on her road to recovery!