Why did the horse cross the road?

Caballo. That means horse in Spanish. Back home in Wisconsin we would have deer crossing the highway. Sadly sometimes cars hit them and sometimes in the spring you find the deer carcass thawing in a pile of snow next to the road.  ew.

Along with the stray cats and dogs around my city of Mayaguez, there are horses roaming around the streets. I assume they are somebody’s pets? What would I do if I hit one of those? I shutter to think. Thanksfully there aren’t any on the twisty road to school up the mountain.

Our daily trek to school involves seeing usually between four and six horses.


the route to school

IMG_0475 Just this morning on my ride to school I saw two horses grazing in somebody’s front yard. And then on my way home they were in the middle of the street! People were trying to honk at them to get them to move but in general I guess people are pretty patient when there’s a horse in the road. What else can you do?caballo 2Most horses look to be in pretty good shape. Some look a little sad though.   And I wonder if they’re getting enough water and shade. I assume someone takes care of them.


close to a major road and the Natucenter

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2 Responses to Why did the horse cross the road?

  1. Brenda Bravo-Kapper says:

    Was it your class that used to use caballo to mean hunk? I remember one group doing that. Love all your entries. Hope all is well with everyone.

  2. Karen says:

    It’s pretty common to see horses all over the place here, 99 times out of 100, yes they do belong to someone. It’s often understood among neighbors whose horse it is and they have an “arrangement” with neighbors. The arrangement usually consists of “hey, can I let my horse graze your land or lot so you don’t have to mow it?” Half the time people are agreeable to this, the other half know how much manure a horse can produce and say “thanks, but no thanks”. The ones you see in the road are due to negligent owners but most locals will never complain. Complaining is considered a no-no, rude or intrusive. The general attitude here is fend for yourself and let others do the same. The cultural differences here can at times be mind boggling but eventually things start to make some kind of sense considering the islands civic history.

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