Horse hurt in carriage collision in downtown Palm Springs

Cross-posted from The Desert Sun

Report by KATE McGINTY

PALM SPRINGS, CA (Oct. 4, 2010) — Rosie the Horse clopped along in downtown Palm Springs late Saturday, pulling a carriage of passengers behind her.

Then, in a blur of events that were still unclear Sunday, she or her carriage were hit by a car.

The 14-year-old Belgian mare was the only victim of the crash, which twisted her back and will send her to the veterinarian today for an exam.

“It was scary. It was very scary,” the carriage driver, Diane Schroeder, said Sunday. “I’m very, very grateful, and I’m thanking god that she wasn’t hurt any worse than she was.”

Police were called to the crash at East Tahquitz Canyon Way and Calle Encilia just after 10 p.m.

Details were not available Sunday, because the police report had not been completed, Sgt. Melissa Desmarais said.

She said all the people involved were OK, but the horse would need to be seen by a vet.

Schroeder, the driver of the carriage, declined to comment Sunday on the specifics of crash, saying she needed to see the police report first.

The horse, known as Rosie, twisted her back because of it, though, Schroeder said. Read full report >>

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