A man riding a horse and leading two others down East Coast Highway slowed traffic in Corona del Mar just before 3 p.m. this afternoon.
Doc Mishler, who wore cowboy attire, said he was riding the horses to raise awareness of childhood hunger. His horses, he said, are named Justice, Charity and Chief Free Spirit, and have crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, ridden through Marin and were in Venice four days ago.
According to online stories, Mishler is a cancer survivor who began “long riding” after his recovery.
“After a quadruple by-pass and a complete hip replacement, I rode Chief-Free-Spirit and Keep the-Faith to upstate NY to join my brothers and sisters,” he wrote on a paper he handed a reporter. “But this journey is not about me — There are children in the world that are so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of food…”
Passersby and business owners stopped and snapped photographs as Mishler rode the horses down East Coast Highway, sometimes blocking the right lane of traffic. For the most part, cars did not honk. Police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said about four people called dispatchers to report the horses, but riding horses on East Coast Highway is not illegal, she said.
According to at least one online story, some claims Mishler has made in interviews have been inflated.
Mischler declined to say where he was heading next.