I had my first experience riding a full sized horse and snake encounter at the same time!
I was 7 and riding a beautiful Arabian mare around a pasture. I went along
a ridge above a pond and stretched across the path was a a giant water snake!
The mare only saw it as we were right on top of it and jumped about 10 ft.
off the ridge, I managed to stay on but the saddle slipped and rolled me under
her with my boot caught in the stirrup. She dragged me across the rocky pasture
to the gate (about the length of a football field) to where her pasture buddy was
tied. I made it ok, a few stitches to the head and a severely twisted ankle...
The other day we were checking fence and a 4 ft. rattler raced across the pasture
and hid in the bushes right next to me. Now I'm ready for em and it met my
shotgun named "Die Mother ......"!
I also have two 6 ft black snakes that live under my patio steps, and they are
more than welcome here. My dogs have been bit about 20 times by them but
they are worth their weight in gold keeping the baby rattlers out of the yard!
Here is a 3 1/2 ft copperhead I killed in the barn...
Have any of you encountered one of these on the trail?
The turtle, not the kid!