Horse Stats
Name: Much Maligned
Barn Name: Macho
Age: 2015
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $Waived & up to $500 Shipping Credit
Location: Hummelstown, PA
Race Stats
Total Starts: 8
Highlights: n/a
Total Earnings: $12,791
Last Race: 5/4/18
Sire: Pleasantly Perfect
Dam: Still
Other Notable Pedigree: Pleasant Colony, Speightstown, Gone West, Affirmed
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Much Maligned, also known around the barn as Macho. He came to New Vocations through Beyond the Wire. We are grateful for their support. 
Macho had knee chip removal surgery on 5/23/2018 on BOTH knees. He was on stall rest until 6/7/2018 and was hand-walked prior to turn out at the end of July. Macho is currently turned out with another gelding and gets along great. 
Much Malgined will be able to start back into light riding under saddle on December 1st per surgeons discharge recommendations. He has also received a loading dose of Pentosan. He has a favorable outcome to become a pleasure/trail mount. 
Macho’s adoption fee is waived to reflect the fact that his rehabilitation is not yet finished. He is looking for an adopter capable of finishing his rehab and willing to give him the winter off before restarting him into his next career.  If Macho is not adopted and completes his rehab with New Vocations, his adoption fee will increase accordingly. 
Macho is great to handle on the ground and is gentle in the stall. He is wonderful to groom and bathe. Macho has two front shoes and stands well for the farrier. He leads in and out of the field like a puppy dog and enjoys play time with his pasture mate. Macho is a cribber.
Much Maligned is Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will receive a shipping credit of up to $500, and an invitation to compete in Challenge-specific classes at the 2019 New Vocations Charity Horse Show Series. R&R adopters who choose to participate in the competition will be eligible to compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes; they will also receive a FREE stall at the Charity Horse Show and FREE entry into Challenge classes.
New Vocations’ adoption fees are intentionally set lower than the cost of buying most Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds through a private seller. In today’s market, it’s not unusual for horses coming right off the track to be listed for sale at a price between $2,000 and $5,000. At New Vocations, a fee is set for each horse that will ultimately help the horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means the program cannot take in an additional horse until one is adopted. Adopters should be encouraged to know that by adopting a horse through New Vocations, they are actually helping two horses transition to careers outside of racing.
Additionally, adopters get great value for their money: The majority of the horses have been in the program for a minimum of 60 days. During that time, horses are rehabilitated (if needed), socialized with other horses, fully evaluated and worked with by a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses the history of each horse and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.
While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that the costs associated with the ongoing care and additional training for each horse post-adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront that he or she will have more funds available to cover the ongoing costs of properly caring for a horse.