Online photo of riderless horse spurs unanswered question: is it real or a hoax?

by Placerville Newswire / Oct 05, 2019 / comments

<GUY MCCARTHY, THE UNION DEMOCRAT>

... Kimberly Weick-Machado, who runs Lazy Horse Ranch in Placerville, shared social media posts Friday with The Union Democrat. She emailed the posts and said, “Hi, I was wondering if anyone heard of a rider falling off their horse? A horse was found fully tacked in Sonora Hills.”...

Social media posts circulated this week with photos of a horse ostensibly found in the Sonora area with a saddle and reins and no rider...

Weick-Machado said in a phone interview Friday she’s active with animal rescues and she advocates for wild horses. She said, “When you hear something like this, you’re also concerned for the rider. A horse found fully tacked means either a rider fell off, got bucked off, had a heart attack, or could be injured somewhere up in the hills.”...

...Both Weick-Machado and Metcalfe said Friday in phone interviews they have no way of knowing whether the riderless horse story is true, if it’s a combination of two unrelated incidents, or if it’s a hoax.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com