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How did horses get on Interstate 280?

Original post made on Jan 2, 2013

Why and how four horses from Webb Ranch got onto Interstate 280 on Saturday, Dec. 29, is unclear. Three of the horses were struck and killed by a car on I-280 north of Alpine Road at around 4:50 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 3:37 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Bob Dole for President, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I sure hope the surviving horse is in stable condition.


Posted by Mountain View resident, a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

Horses have been getting loose from Webb Ranch for decades. My sister's horse got loose from there in the late 60's.


Posted by Judith Schwartz, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

Webb Ranch is a great place and one of the last family-friendly barns in the area. I've boarded horses there for 25 years and leased horses at Garrods and Fremont Hills before that.

Horses at ANY stable can get loose because a rider falls off, a gate is accidentally left open, or a mischievous horse figures out a way through or around a fence. Most of the time the horse runs home, is caught, or finds the nearest patch of grass as Tom described. This was a freak accident that the horses traveled over a mile and wandered onto the highway in the middle of the night. Fortunately, at 5 AM on a Saturday of a holiday weekend there weren't many cars on the road.

All of us at the ranch are very sad about the horses. They were greatly loved and well-cared for. I'm also one of Jean Gillon's swimming team mates at Menlo Masters and we're all glad she survived such a terrifying accident. We are sending her our good thoughts and prayers. I hope Mr. Stein has made it safely back home.


Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

@Bob Dole for President --

I never knew you were so funny. Might even have changed my vote.


Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Jan 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

So sad and horrific.

There's nothing funny about this. In my view those who joke about tragedies are sick, or certainly lacking in feeling.


Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Dear @ Nora Charles,

I am terribly sorry that I was one of the people who posted a comment which could have been, and was, interpreted to be insensitive. It must have been framed ambiguously and tastelessly.

Actually, I was trying to join in the celebration of the survival, against great odds, of the mustang who accompanied the three unfortunate horses who undoubtedly suffered greatly.

When first I read about this incident, I was sickened and appalled. I have ridden horses for 47 years, and I have considered boarding a horse at Webb Ranch myself. There but for the grace of god go we.

I am a strict vegetarian, and have been for decades. I support numerous animal rights organizations, and I consider myself something of an activist.

Your posts regarding animal issues are always cogent and well thought out, and I have always agreed with you. Sincerely, I think we are on the same page.

My apologies. My heart is in the right place, even though my foot may not be.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I laughed at Bob's pun, too, despite this tragic loss. I was relieved to be able to laugh, after these awful happenings. Not to be insensitive to Nora AT ALL, sometimes I have to laugh regarding animals, because so much is tragic - that's my years of rescue work speaking. My darker humor doesn't prevent me from being concerned about the horses will at Webb. I hope that all sorts of precautions are now taken to ensure it doesn't happen again.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jan 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Somebody left the gate open - Daaah!!!


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