4/16/00 - 3/27/19
Dark Bay Thoroughbred Gelding
Foaled: 4/16/2000 in France
Dam: Viva Vodka (FR) by Crystal Glitters
Sire: Starborough (GB)
Raced at Clairefontaine-deauville, Longehamp, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Bay Meadows
8 Starts: 2 firsts, 2 seconds, 1 third = $69,977
ATHA Arrival: 6/20/2016
Kind and gentle even though neglected physically & possible abuse. Strong in spirit throughout his physical rehabbing.
Macchiato was purchased from craigslist for $100, visibly in pain and underweight yet he was still being ridden!!
We believe he was likely used for underground racing, and his stifles were injected with steroids and pain killers to continue to race him. The overuse of injections eroded the cartilage in his back stifles and he also battled chronic laminitis.
We managed his care throughout his time with us using both Eastern and Western medicine, anti-inflammatory medications, herbs, various supplements and a cushion of sand in his turnout for comfort.
Unfortunately, years of abuse and neglect can only be managed for so long and he let us know that it was time to say goodbye.
Macchiato is one the most honest, kind and grateful horses and of course a favorite among our volunteers.