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        12-18-2013, 11:08 AM
    "In most Australian states, they are protected species, and to kill or injure one incurs a fine of up to $7,500, as well as a jail sentence of 18 months in some states."

    I leave rattlesnakes alone in the wild. In my yard, I kill them - I don't want to take a chance on a grandkid finding one! My horse doesn't like snakes, but she doesn't panic either. The snakes normally slither away.
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        12-18-2013, 11:11 AM
    I've never encountered a snake before (but almost all of my riding is in an arena, so I guess that's to be expected x.x) But it's really cool to hear what everyone else does!
    I'd probably just let it toddle on past... I happen to like snakes--assuming they aren't attacking me, of course. XD
        12-18-2013, 11:14 AM
    Many years ago, while hiking in the Rincon Mtns, I heard a rattle but could not figure out where it was coming from. I stopped, but still couldn't figure it out - until I looked down! The rattlesnake was between my feet, looking up!

    I landed about 25 feet away, and decided I owed rattlesnakes a bit of patience...
        12-18-2013, 02:57 PM
    The snakes I run into the most are just big black rat snakes. While they are big and ussually surprise ya, they are pretty harmless. Ocasionally I'll run into a copper head. Those I give as much room as possible. If I have a way of safely dispatching it I will depending on where I am.

    When I trail guided I would say 9 out of 10 times we went by snakes no one on the trail ride even knew about it. The horses paid no attention to them and I sure as heck wasn't going to point it out to have a bunch of freaked out people when they saw an 5-6 ft black snake laying along the trail. Of course one day I stood there and pointed out a 10 point buck about 10 yards away and nobody could pick him out standing broadside in some scrub brush so why would I think they would notice a snake in the leaves.
        12-18-2013, 05:01 PM
    I've either been blessed or cursed, depending on your perspective. To date every horse I've ever had has had no fear of snakes. My current two tend to be curious and want to investigate. Our TW stallion just wasn't afraid of anything. Most of the rest just ignored them. My old QH mare would ride right over one even knowing it was there. She use to scare the p--- out of me at times, because even in cases where a rattlesnake was singing it's rattles she'd keep right on going straight at it. Thankfully they were always trying to get away so it was never a problem. She tried to run over the largest Eastern Diamondback I ever killed. A bit over 6' long.
    The only snake I worried about was a Cottonmouth, because they can decide to stand their ground and get aggressive. Luckily any we might have come up on have either stayed hidden to slipped away unnoticed.
    I use to worry a little when I first started riding out in the woods, because you always saw in the movies how horses are frightened and spook over snakes, but I soon stopped worrying since none of our horses ever cared.
        12-18-2013, 06:06 PM
    Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
    Avoid Tiger areas during breeding season first of all - All summer basically lol. This is generally wet areas - near ponds, dams and creeks. Don't jump any logs without checking the other side first, so you don't jump on top of one getting a bit of sun. Stick to worn trails where possible - fire breaks are awesome for this - to make sure you and your horse can see your footing.

    The next thing I would do would be to carry a first aid kit with me at all times in summer. A good elasticated bandage is best for snake-bite. As well as that, a mobile phone tucked into your pocket can also be a huge advantage. Remember if you ever have to bandage a bite, start on the site of the punctures and wrap it firmly, but not tourniquet tight, and immobilise the bite area.

    If I had a choice I would be miles away from the area where this Tiger lives but like said we've been putting the dairy heard around the creek lately.

    And yes I carry a first aid kit with a snake bandage and I've been taught how to put it on but fortunately I've never had to use it.
    I don't have a phone but do have walki talkis available to use.
        12-18-2013, 06:40 PM
    None of my horses have ever acted afraid of any snake we've run across. If we meet up with what looks like a copper head I just turn them away and go around... If any other of the Non poisoness ones we have here in WV all mine will just walk ride up to and over them if they don't move
        12-18-2013, 06:47 PM
    Also if you know a snake has taken up some place close as a home, and its proven to be agressive. Can you call someone, like Snake Control lol... I know that show on TV has people that come out and remove venomus or agressive snakes. But that's in Florida. Anything like that down there?
        12-18-2013, 06:49 PM
    I'm curious - if your horse was bitten by a snake, would you take it home, or stay where you are and call the vet to tell them to get to where you are as fast as possible? I ask because of the whole 'immobilization' thing.
        12-18-2013, 07:17 PM
    Originally Posted by Tracer    
    I'm curious - if your horse was bitten by a snake, would you take it home, or stay where you are and call the vet to tell them to get to where you are as fast as possible? I ask because of the whole 'immobilization' thing.
    I would make sure the horse was not in any further danger (snakes usually nick off once they have done the damage thankfully) and then stay there with the horse. I would then get the vet to come to us. Most vets in my area that deal with horses have a 4x4 so they can get in and out of tough places.
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