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Horses Hoof It Through Town

Three cowboys made a loop through the north part of Watsonville on Wednesday.

The still is a week out, but motorists on Freedom Boulevard got a sneak preview Wednesday afternoon when three cowboys rode their horses west on Airport Boulevard, made a left at Freedom and headed north out of city limits.

A century ago, there were horse races on Main Street and the town, a farming and ranching hub, held onto the four-legged transportation a lot longer than other communities.

But these days it's a rarity to see horses ridden on Watsonville city streets. Still, police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said it is legal to saddle up in town. Horses (and their riders) must abide by the same traffic laws that apply to motor vehicles.

These three horsemen stuck to the bike lane on Freedom Boulevard, though. Their horses were just out for a trot and didn't gallop along with the speed of traffic (about 45 mph).

Jennifer Squires June 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I'll be honest. I just wanted to publish this pic.
jessica hernandez June 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Love it. Thank you for posting this
Kathy O'Mara June 28, 2012 at 03:17 AM
You're making me laugh, Jennifer..all the news isn't bad. Thanks for the photos!
Jennifer Squires June 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I realize people on horseback is not an unusual sight in much of the Pajaro Valley, but watching them wait for traffic lights at Green Valley and Freedom was a scene. And you're right, Kathy, not all the news is bad! :)

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