Manor horses return home after stranded by storm

Horse at Triple O Ranch in Manor.

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — In the last 36 hours, severe storms turned the Triple O Ranch into a large body of water. With three inches of rain a matter of hours, owners Mickey and Howard Owens knew they were in for trouble; but it wasn’t their safety they were worried about. The Owens’ horses were left stranded on an island, without a way to get home, except to wade through the water.

“We knew that there was going to be a chance of rain but not a downpour like that and we were just caught,” Mickey Owens said.

In a scramble to get the horses to the stables, the Owens were losing daylight.

“We couldn’t locate them, couldn’t find them and when we finally found them, they were surrounded by water,” Mickey said.

Five horses and a donkey were stranded on a stock tank dam in the back of the pasture overnight — the water swelled to nearly 500 feet wide. Even ATVs and tractors were no match for the mud. The Owens were about to resort to plan C.

“My son has a bay horse that he was going to get on and try to get them to by horse back,” Mickey said.

As the Owens were preparing to head out for the rescue Tuesday morning, they saw something over the horizon.

“They came home running up the hill,” said Mickey. “They’re a little bit muddy and look a little tired and also a little hungry but they’re back.”  The line of demarcation can be seen halfway up the horses legs.

“With all this water and all this care, we have not lost one animal and I’m really proud of that,” Howard said.

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