An acclaimed Palomino horse that had been in 26 Rose Parades was euthanized after an accident on the 10 Freeway in Riverside County, officials said Thursday.
The 30-year-old horse, named Bucky, suffered brain injuries in the accident Wednesday near Blythe, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said.
Animal service workers and Good Samaritans tried to save Bucky. But the animal started thrashing and had to be euthanized by a veterinarian who was called to the scene, department spokesman John Welsh said.
At the time of the accident, Bucky was in a horse trailer that was being pulled by his owners. They were headed to a frontier days parade in Prescott, Ariz., according to Welsh.
The trailer drifted onto the unpaved shoulder of the road, which caused two flat tires that shook the trailer.