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post #1 of 50 Old 12-17-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Okay so I'm riding I come across a snake what now?

G'day,
I was wondering what would you do if you are riding and then you come across a snake what do you do?

If it was a fair distance away you could stop and turn around but what if it directly in front of you and your horse won't stand still.

I appreciate any answers thanks.

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post #2 of 50 Old 12-17-2013, 09:19 PM
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I've had to deal with this multiple times at my work guiding trail rides where it's one way... What I've done is gotten off my horse and slowly crept toward the snake to where it would slither away. Once it's far enough off the pathway, hand walk your horse past it until it feels safe. If there are others with you, then once your horse has passed they should follow just fine.

I can't find the picture now, but probabaly 2-3 months ago I ran into a 5-6 ft rattlesnake when leading a trail ride. Took me probably 5 minutes to get the snake to move far enough off the extremely narrow trail for us to pass
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post #3 of 50 Old 12-17-2013, 09:24 PM
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So far, trot over it. I dunno if it's me or my horse, but the only two times I've ever seen snakes on the trail were as we were already going past them and my horse didn't react in the slightest. By the time I realized it was a snake, he was already behind us.
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Yeah, it depends on where exactly the snake is, what kind, and of course how the horse reacts. If it's not a dangerous one that I know will leave us alone, I just ride past it and don't bother with it. I've never had a horse be spooky about a snake other than the one that stopped and refused to move on the trail for the huge rattler in our way.
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post #5 of 50 Old 12-17-2013, 09:39 PM
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G'day,
I was wondering what would you do if you are riding and then you come across a snake what do you do?

If it was a fair distance away you could stop and turn around but what if it directly in front of you and your horse won't stand still.

I appreciate any answers thanks.

Since just about every snake in Australia is very deadly (or so it seems from my reading), I'd just stop and let it go past. If the horse won't stand still then you can only either turn it around or back up.

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post #6 of 50 Old 12-17-2013, 09:52 PM
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Most snakes out here are rattlers. If I'm lucky enough to see them before I'm over top of them and have the room, I'll give them a wide berth and go around. If I don't have that kind of room then I will stop and make a lot of noise until it moves along. Most times they don't want to be near you anymore than you want to be near them, and if you give them enough time they will get out of your way.

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I thought snakes didn't have any hearing but picked up vibrations thro the ground or their tongue.
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post #8 of 50 Old 12-17-2013, 10:25 PM
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I don't know if they hear me or just see me waving hands like a crazy lady. I know a lot of them don't move when we canter up the wash and they've got to feel that.
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Usually we walk right over them because by the time we see them, they are right there. I was at a horse show one summer when a snake slithered right under my horse and continued on his merry way....

Of course we mostly just have (as far as poisonous go's) copperheads and water moccasins, there are a few rattle snakes....

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Like others have said, it depends on the snake. Thankfully, around here, the only poisonous ones are rattlers so if I come across one of them, I kill it. If I'm on a horse that will stand steady for it, I can hit one with a pistol from about 10 feet away pretty easily. However, if I'm on a horse that's skittish about it, I'll generally take them far enough away so that they calm down then I go back afoot and kill it with whatever I have handy.

I simply can't suffer a rattler to live. I've had too many animals die due to rattler bites over the years.

Any other, non-poisonous snakes, I generally just take a wide berth and leave them be.

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