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        06-05-2013, 03:14 PM
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    For all of you that kill the venomous ones, have you thought about contacting your local animal control and see if they have a relocation program?
    I do think that it is a wonderful idea in most circumstances. However, we have animals out and about in my parents' backyard. I know to avoid a venomous snake if it happens to slither off before animal control gets there, but I don't want the cats or dogs happening upon it. Were it not for them I would not care if there were venomous snakes right up to my front door, but as much as I love snakes I can't risk them. Like the incident with the rattlesnake, my dog's life was at risk and it was no time to be picking up the phone.
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        06-06-2013, 06:07 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I freak out more than my horses when I see a snake. I leave them alone, because the Live and Let Live rule, but they scare the bejesus out of me. My baby Rikki stepped on one went I took him on his first trail ride. I felt sorry for the snake, and Rikki looked at it like "Is that a hose?"
         
        06-06-2013, 08:23 PM
      #23
    Trained
    I am in the "leave snakes alone unless they are in the yard" camp. My DH has even intentionally brought home king snakes he found and turned them loose in the yard. People say they eat rattlesnakes. On the rare occasion that a venomous snake is in the yard, either my DH or my son kills it. I mostly point and give instructions.

    As far as out on the trail, my horses smell them and hesitate. They won't walk over one. The most dangerous snake encounter I had was due to the horse over reacting to it. I was cantering up a hill on a dirt road. At the top of the hill, we almost ran over a rattlesnake. He coiled up and went to rattling. Then danger came when my horse did a 180 turn and galloped as fast as she could. She went off the road, jumped ditches, downed trees, and other things. She was totally out of control. That was many years ago. Obviously, this horse was not ready to take on trails. Somehow I didn't get hurt.
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        06-13-2013, 12:18 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    I leave snakes alone. I like em. There's a dry mountain that's maybe a couple hundred yards from my place and it has rattlers on it. For the most part stay on that mountain until the creeks dry up or if it's a dry year they'll be found down off the mountain on people's properties. We've had em out here a few times, but I've never seen a large one on the property.

    I was out for a ride a few weeks ago on that mountain and I thought it was still a little early for them to be out, but I came across a pretty decent sized one. I wasn't even looking for them just wandering around up the mountain and it was basking in the sun on a rock and it saw us and began rattling.

    I gathered up my dog and left. What I am concerned about most is the dog getting into em.

    And speaking of poisinous snakes, what does everyone carry in case of someone or an animal being bitten.
         
        06-13-2013, 12:40 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    I know a guy that gave his Rotti benadryl after it was bitten by a water moccasin when he was cleaning up following a hurricane. He said his dog' s head swelled up huge but the dog lived. Don't know myself but I try to be sure and keep some around the house just in case. It's an antihistamine so figure it'd be better than nothing in an emergency?
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        06-13-2013, 01:12 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    I heard somewhere that the vibrations caused by the horses hooves striking the ground drives snakes away. I don't know if that's true but I haven't seen any in 2 years of trail riding.

    We do have rattlesnakes here and have killed two up by the house. None near the barn. I have also seen two when I was running but they seemed as scared of me as I was of them.

    We just moved to lower ground near a table rock so we may be seeing more, faster moving rattlers now. But I like snakes and know they have benefits. I just brought a Bull Snake home from school to my property. I turned her loose in some giant rocks in the SW corner. She eats rattlers and mice and is a good addition to our ranch!
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        06-13-2013, 01:17 AM
      #27
    Foal
    I actually just came across a snake for the first time with my 7 year old today. I saw it before he did and I wasn't sure how he was going to react. When he saw it he jumped a little bit (grabbed his footing is more like it) and snorted at it. After he saw what it was he started walking again.

    Where I live we don't have any poisonous snakes. Just little gardener snakes. I leave them be, they don't hurt anything.
         
        06-13-2013, 02:46 AM
      #28
    Foal
    We have several venomous snakes in my area of Australia with Tiger snakes and Dugites being most common. I've run into them several times on horse back with mixed reactions. My old TB reared (first and only time ever) when we came across a big 2 metre tiger snake. I try to desensitise my horses by dragging ropes etc around as I've run into 16 venomous snakes and one python in one week during spring on the trails I use
         
        06-13-2013, 03:22 AM
      #29
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by totalfreedom    

    And speaking of poisinous snakes, what does everyone carry in case of someone or an animal being bitten.
    I've read and it's been suggested to me to carry a length of hose when trail riding here in rattlesnake country. The point is, in case your horse decides to investigate and gets bit in the face or neck, the hose will help in opening the airway if it becomes swollen.

    I actually found a video of a horse that was bitten in the face here in AZ. It's not really graphic, but does show that it is very possible.
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        06-13-2013, 04:40 AM
      #30
    Foal
    The reason why horses freak out at the sight of snakes is because of two reasons 1) They are a prey animal 2) The legs of a horse are the most vital thing on them, without the legs they can't run and there fore can't escape.

    What would be the best thing to do with a horse that spooks is first become the leader then have maybe a plastic bag and just let them get used to it and maybe put one of the holes around there legs and have them stand there. This is what I have done with the horse that I work with. Then you slowly introduce them to lets say a rubber snake. This will help you and your horse out on the trails BIG TIME! Because we have a good amount of snakes here the horses have gotten used to them. I hope this helps you and your horse.
         

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