Horses Break From Carriage at Riverside Festival of Lights

festival-lightsSometimes when we enjoy horses in our lives, things happen that aren’t the best of circumstances. This situation happened in Riverside, California when two carriage horses fell after they ran into a water-filled barricade on December 1st, at the Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside after a bolt that secured them to the conveyance apparently broke. This according to a Riverside city spokesman said.

The carriage stayed in place after the horses took off, and no one was injured.

The carriage operator’s veterinarian checked the horses and said “they do not have any serious injuries beyond the ‘road rash’ from the fall,” said city spokesman Phil Pitchford in an email.

A photo on social media shows the animals on the pavement, along with water from the barricades. The west side parking lot of the Riverside Main Library is in the background. It was captioned:


“Just watched 2 horses running full speed down Orange St. on the east side of the Mission Inn,…this was a horrible experience for my kids to witness.”

“If they had not crashed into the barriers, someone could have been killed. My kids don’t want to come down here for the Festival of Lights anymore. The City needs to shut this down.”


The Horses are OK

The carriage operator worked with security and festival-goers to get the horses back on their feet and back to the lot where they set up each day.

The operator, who was not identified, said the broken bolt appeared to be the cause and said it had never happened before. She was having a certified inspection of the carriage and its bolts and will give the city a copy of the inspection.

Carriages used at the festival are inspected daily before horses are hitched to them. Riverside Police were not involved in handling the incident, spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback said.

The Festival of Lights opened Friday with fireworks at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and continues through January 6th 2020.

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