Socks the horse patiently waited out flood in Colorado

Colorado floods - a good story of a horse rescued.

With all the flooding ongoing in Colorado, it is good to hear a horse survival story in the midst of the tragedy.

By Raquel Villanueva

There is some good news out of all the tragedy and destruction from the flooding . An image from this past week has generated some of the biggest concern from 9NEWS viewers. The image was of a horse, standing chest deep in the rush of flood waters on a small farm in Weld County. It appeared as though it was tethered to a fence and unable to escape.

The horse, named Socks, is safe and uninjured.

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9NEWS drove to Weld County, around many road blocks and road repairs and still-flooded streets, and found the property manager. He contacted the horse’s owner and the caretaker.

Socks is a 14-year-old male horse. He is described as gentle and calm and content in his new home, a corral and barn a few miles from the flooded farm.

The owner, caretaker, and the farm manager say they did their best on Friday to move Socks and the other horses and livestock out of the flood, but could not maneuver safely through the rushing waters. They walked the horses to dry land on Saturday.

They all insist that a closer look at the video shows that they never tied Socks to the fence. They moved all the livestock to the highest ground on the property, and Socks found his own way to that spot, and true to his personality, patiently remained there until humans were able to get him out of there the next day.

Jon Shirek contributed to this report.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Arlene

    Another Lesson taught Patience!!!! So many lessons , for us, So happy Socks and the other horses are now safe, sending Prayers for all !!!!! The News media sure made a huge Blunder saying he was tied should have been there , and shouldnt have made such a assumption causing more pain for the Owners !!!!!!

    September 20, 2013
  • Ronnie

    A Thank You to 9news! And Socks is one-smart-horse to stay put, “grounded” until help came. He is safe! With all the massive, natural disasters, tornados, fire, floods: Mercy & Blessings on the Animals <3.

    September 20, 2013
  • So many huge lessons showing here…..

    September 20, 2013
  • sherriey

    when i saw that picture…it made me sooooo mad! i wanted to go there are try to rescue him then beat his owners silly for tying him to the fence….as the news had reported. its a relief to know that thats not how it happened….and that the poor horse is ok.
    thanks for the update.

    September 20, 2013
  • MorganG

    glad to hear Socks is safe.

    September 21, 2013
  • Mel

    Sorry folks, don’t let the owner off the hook… I have a picture showing the lead rope on Socks and he WAS tied to that post. Channel 7 did a good job of showing this horse and the picture I took shows the white rope holding the horse. The owner either missed him and had to get out fast or they are lying.

    September 22, 2013