March 25, 2010 (Otay Mesa) – Roundups may be nothing unusual in some areas of San Diego's East County, but yesterday wild horses descended from hills in the Otay area and spurred domestic horses to escape from an Otay-area ranch. The herd then stampeded through the Eastlake community, galloping through streets, suburbs, fields and the Olympic Training Center before cowboys, law enforcement and volunteers finally corraled all of the animals. View a Channel 10 news video of the action: http://www.10news.com/news/22948374/detail.html.
Wild horses, which may have come from Mexico, bolted onto the OK Corral Ranch during the night and somehow coaxed penned horses to escape, prompting a two hour chase through this eastern Chula Vista community. Border Patrol Agents and Humane Society volunteers helped herd the horses onto the Olympic Training Center grounds.
Abel Canales, a ranch hand from the OK Corral, finally lassoed the lead horse. "I felt like a cowboy out in the Old West," he said in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune.
One horse suffered minor injuries, but is expected to recover. It is unclear whether the ranch horses jumped a fence or found a gate open, or what will become of the wild horses, which were corralled at the OK corral following the romp.