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).