Some details may remain unknown about crash that killed three horses Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jan 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm
With at least two routes to the northbound lane of Interstate 280 north of Alpine Road, the management at Webb Ranch in Ladera may never know exactly which route four mature horses trained for riding lessons used in wandering on to the freeway early on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 29.
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Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm
Horse droppings may be a clue to the route. From my experience (very little) of horses on streets, it is unlikely that 4 horses would leave no droppings while wandering down a street, grazing fresh grass, or doing whatever horses may be doing on a roadway.
Posted by Nayeli, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 2, 2013 at 9:32 am
I hope that the two drivers are okay. I know that it can be difficult to know that you hit and killed an animal. Several years ago, my husband back up and killed a stray cat while attending grad school. It happened shortly after we were married. He had a very difficult time sleeping after the experience.
I also feel for the owners of the horses too. It must be difficult losing them (regardless of the circumstances).
Posted by Felicity, a resident of Los Altos, on Jan 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm
I guess the clues on the route were obliterated by other hoof prints and horse scat so those cannot be used as clues (though I would have though that initially the fresh hoof prints would have made it easy). I find it interesting that it is the wild mustang that survived. Probably coincidental though he probably led the way and the whacked out thoroughbreds were deer in the headlights (they frequently have trouble in the great outdoors as they are generally 'ring horses). The quarter horse would have survived if he had remembered to run with traffic, not against it. Yes, I love horses and used to ride a whacked out thoroughbred.