Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
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.
They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)