Originally Posted by womack29
Just walk over here them here in west texas
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Same here in Arizona. I've seen a few rattlers and a lot of other snakes and never had one bother me.....even the rattlers. My horses have never noticed them.
One time I was outside a medical clinic and there was a rattlesnake right by the sliding glass doors and I thought there was a chance he could wander in if the doors opened so I told the custodian and he came with a box and a broom to catch the snake. The poor snake wanted nothing more than to escape even with the guy was trying to sweep him into the box with the broom. I felt bad after that because the snake wasn't aggressive at all.....he only wanted to get away. So I give rattlesnakes some sympathy after that. Maybe sympathy isn't the right word. But I realize they aren't out there trying to bite people they just want to live their lives in peace like most animals do.
I know if I or my horse steps in the wrong place at the wrong time we could get bitten. But (knock on wood) after living my whole life (almost 40 years) in Arizona I have never had a problem with a rattlesnake. So yeah, I've ridden past a few snakes but my horses haven't even noticed and a snake has never given me any trouble.
I think the biggest risk is for dogs, they seem to stick their nose into everything.