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post #21 of 26 Old 10-02-2011, 05:07 AM
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post #22 of 26 Old 10-02-2011, 09:42 AM
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I wasn't on my horse at the time, but we walked by a little black snake one time while I was leading her. She didn't even look it at. Either she didn't see it, or she doesn't fear snakes the same way she fears cows. ;P
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post #23 of 26 Old 10-02-2011, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by hillree View Post
I wasn't on my horse at the time, but we walked by a little black snake one time while I was leading her. She didn't even look it at. Either she didn't see it, or she doesn't fear snakes the same way she fears cows. ;P
So true in my case too. I had used my boy several times to help round up some cows with no problems. One day we are riding along the road and 3 young steers saw us and came charging up to the fence for a closer look. Every since he gives cows a wide berth if I let him. Snakes..they are beneath his notice.
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post #24 of 26 Old 10-02-2011, 11:39 PM
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I haven't seen any snakes this year, but I didn't trail ride too much, and now it's too cold. I did go on a ride today and get "attacked" by a flock of birds and a cat though. The birds flying up made ME jump harder than Amber. The cat...I saw from a long way off, and he refused to move out of our way. I had to go around. Amber just stuck her nose down and blew on him and continued.

I'd rather see birds and cats than snakes...I hate snakes. I would turn around and go right back where I came from, at a gallop!

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post #25 of 26 Old 10-03-2011, 12:09 AM
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I've killed 5 rattlers this summer. If I see them I usually stop and kill them with a rock or a big stick. It's pretty easy to kill them since they don't have legs.

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post #26 of 26 Old 10-03-2011, 10:52 PM
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We are just heading into snake season, I have seen plenty while riding over the years - unfortunately the ones that cross our path are Brown Snakes and are quite deadly and aggressive. We lost our dog 2 years ago while she was protecting the family from one of these snakes as it had come up to the front door. She killed the snake, but she was also bitten and died 15 minutes later. If we see one near the house or horses, they are destroyed..
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