So this weekend while stopping by my SO's mother's house, I had the opportunity to save a life (I'm a fan of live and let live) from some scared and misinformed people. This guy was hanging out in their yard, probably eating the nice fat toads they had hopping around.
He is a harmless black snake, with his biggest defense being a leaky bile out of his rear (gag) I scooped him up and brought him to the woods to carry on keeping the mouse population at bay.
But that got me thinking about trail riding, and how some horses have a complete FREAKOUT when they see a snake, or a shadow that looks like a snake, or think about the snake that was there six months ago. I ride with a friend who can't stand to see snakes in a picture, and God forbid he should see one on a trail (and this is a grown man lol)
How do your horses do when the slithery guys cross your paths?
How do you do when it happens?
What are some ways that you try and desensitize your horse to them (if you do at all)
Have you had any scary/close call situations involving snakes on a trail?
How do you deal with snakes at the barn, poisonous or otherwise?
I'm interested to hear in your experiences!