For anyone who believes the age of the cowboy is gone to Texas folklore, look no further than the Barrett family, who, on their way to Mother’s Day church service, stopped to rescue 31 horses and ponies from raging flood waters in Eastland.
Under the careful supervision and guidance of their father, Will, sons Bailey, Jade, and Trace (ages 14, 12, and 8) rode on horseback through the deep water, corralling, lassoing, and ultimately rescuing every single horse that had been washed away in the storm.
The horses belong to the Barrett family, who were fifty miles away in Abilene for a rodeo when the flooding occurred. As reported by the Houston Chronicle, the family woke up early Sunday morning to drive back home for church, when Will saw “the worst flood he’d seen since 1980” taking over his ranch, where the family prize ponies are kept.
“I always taught my boys, let your faith be bigger than your fear, and we knew what we had to do,” Will told the Houston Chronicle. “We knew we had to get out in the water, and you can’t do that in a vehicle. Well, we saddled up to go after the horses.”