Materazzi (Click here for Past Performances)
"Materazzi" or Macho, as we are calling him is a gorgeous giant 17.1 hh 4 year old dark gray gelding by Tannersmyman (Lord Carson). Macho had only six starts in which
he won one race and showed in another.
Macho comes to us straight off
the track from Golden Gate Fields with bone chips in both knees. We are evaluating whether or not this will require surgery or if a long rest will suffice since Macho
will not go back into racing. At any rate, we are in the process of evaluating his condition and will update on his webpage.
The rescue of Macho was made possible by an extremely generous donation by the Ventura family; Anthony, Dante, Melanie and Tony. Thank you for your compassion and belief
Update: April 2010
Macho is scheduled for surgery at the Golden Gate Fields equine hospital on April 28, 2010. He will have bone chips removed in both knees. He is showing
quite a bit of discomfort and without the removal of these chips will be crippled. Dr. Kim Kuhlmann of SF Equine and the chief medical veterinarian
at Golden Gate Fields will be performing the surgery on-site at the track. Dr. Kuhlmann says in part: "I am sure both knees have chips and concurrent cartilage loss and degenerative joint disease."
With this surgery to remove the chips and scrape the bone, rest and rehab Macho can completely recover and go on to a new career and live pain free as he should. These sorts of injuries are common
in horses that have been run too hard and too early. Please help if you can by donating to his care. All sponsors will be listed on his page unless otherwise instructed.
Update: May 2010
Macho is back from surgery and feeling no pain. He walked off the trailer as though nothing had happened and gladly ate his dinner. We took
the bandages off after a week as there was no swelling and no drainage. The hardest part of the entire episode will be keeping Macho in the Mare Motel
until about mid June as he is already striving to go out in pasture with his friends and is constantly crying and begging to join them. The last two photos
show his still bandaged legs and his sweet face looking out.
We would like to acknowledge Ms. Allison Hazelton for helping to sponsor Macho!
Update: September 2010
Sponsor Allison fell in love with Macho and took him home with her for two weeks. During that time she had a pre-purchase veterinary exam scheduled. Unfortunately
Macho failed that exam. Because he was raced in an unsound condition, the stress of racing at a too young age and overcompensating ruined him as even a simple
riding horse. It turns out he now has zero flexion in his left ankle and although appears sound on soft dirt is noticably lame when on a harder surface.
Of course we took Macho back and Allison continued to sponsor him, coming to see him every Friday with her dear mother (also a horse lover). Allison couldn't
be parted with her Macho and even though she can't ride him is taking him home anyway. He will join two other senior citizens in her care and get lots of love
and attention and food (his favorite activity is eating next to being loved on). Thank you Alison for taking Macho and thank you for donating that wonderful two
horse trailer to Neigh Savers. We so appreciate your support and will be looking for Macho updates!!
Update: January 2011
Macho has settled in nicely at his new home in rural Sunol along with Santiago (Like New Money) and two very elderly quarter horses. The last two photos show
Macho in Sunol where Neigh Savers conducted a site visit.