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! Posted via Mobile Device