Now here’s a
that ain’t afraid
to take the plunge
(ABOVE) The cowboys no longer swim
their horses. They ride back on a barge
as shown in this picture. There are hands
on horseback on the “mainland” side
that start gathering the cattle and driving
them to the holding pens as soon as they
have crossed the river.
PHOTOS AND COMMENTARY BY BRANDY JONES
(BELOW) Huebner Bros. Cattle Co., of Bay City, Texas has been crossing their cattle across
the Colorado River, from their winter pastures on the 11-mile island that runs from Matagorda
to Port O’Connor for close to 100 years. This cattle drive and swim is said to be the oldest
cattle drive in Texas. This picture was taken on Tuesday, April 6, 2018.
They have a very limited window of time to make the swim. If the tide is going out the cattle
will be sucked into the bay and if the tide is coming in/or the current is moving too strong the
cattle will be pushed up river where they will not have a way to get out.
84 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2019