As the time for Paddy to come home draws nearer (just a few days now, so exciting!), I wanted to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the team at Redhills Stud who have really helped to make the last two months of Paddy’s rehab run smoothly for both Paddy and I.
After a few months of strict box rest, we got the go ahead from the vet to start walk work, gradually increasing the time spent walking over time. With a full-time job that requires a lot of travel, I was really struggling to get this done every day, which I knew was critical to Paddy’s recovery. I made the decision to send Paddy to Redhills, who have purpose-built pens about three times the size of a stable, which allow the horse to move but in a controlled environment. The placement of the pens at the far end of the yard means the horses are away from the hustle and bustle of the main yard or shows, so allows them to settle, but they are close to the turnout fields meaning there is still enough activity for them to watch every day.
They also have a 50ft walker, meaning all the scary in-hand work was taken over by the walker, and I no longer had to worry about trying to get up every day, or putting pressure on my lovely yard owner at home to do it. It has allowed Paddy to be exercised twice a day – something I would never have been able to do during his rehab.
Beyond all of this, another huge plus for me, and the deciding factor, was their proximity to my vet. Redhills are conveniently located just a few minutes down the road from Troytown (among others), so all of Paddy’s vet visits were done onsite – this really ensured his routine stayed stable throughout his rehab and minimised any stress or upset caused by bringing him to the vet every other week for treatment and checkups. Redhills handled everything, which meant I didn’t have to take time off work, and the vets could arrive when suited them rather than waiting for me to be available.
As an owner who likes to be involved, it’s not an easy decision to send your horse away and hand the reins over to someone else (pardon the pun!), but Redhills have been fantastic throughout and reduced all the pressure and stress that goes with having a horse on box rest. I’m beyond excited to get Paddy back home to our wonderful yard who take such great care of him, but I am so grateful to Redhills for all of their help and support for the few months we called them home.
If you are ever in the unfortunate position of having to box rest or rehab your horse after injury, I would highly recommend contacting Redhills Stud. The livery price is very reasonable when compared to standard full livery, and worth it for the peace of mind.