How did horses get on Interstate 280? Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jan 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm
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
Posted by Judith Schwartz, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, 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 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.