Rattlesnake Country For Horses - The Horse Forum
 5Likes
  • 2 Post By boots
  • 1 Post By walkinthewalk
  • 1 Post By anndankev
  • 1 Post By walkinthewalk
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Idalou,Texas
Posts: 45
• Horses: 1
Rattlesnake Country For Horses

How could a trainer desensitize a horse in some training to avoid a horse from spooking so badly, when a rattler is encountered? I have a good idea but will share it at end of thread!! Larry
Larry82052 is offline  
post #2 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 11:11 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 4,838
• Horses: 12
Subbing, although there are no Rattlesnakes here in Ohio.

anndankev is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 11:24 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,801
• Horses: 0
subbing for info
whisperbaby22 is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 11:28 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: A good place
Posts: 8,274
• Horses: 0
I don't mind a bit of a spook in response to rattlesnakes. But did work with a woman whose horse blew up to even the sound of Tic Tacs in the woman's pocket.

The owner simply shook a cattle paddle, the Tic Tacs, a couple types of weeds and the horse stopped responding so strongly.

I rode a mare that spooked at straight lines on the ground as if everyone of them was a snake. So I got a small section of old wood snow fence (do you have that in TX? ), busted every other slat out, attached it up higher on the corral fence and put her feed in the shadow with all those lines. I moved it around, too. It helped.
anndankev and Hondo like this.
boots is online now  
post #5 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 01:12 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 8,594
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by anndankev View Post
Subbing, although there are no Rattlesnakes here in Ohio.
Yes there are, lollol. I grew up in Trumbull County. Massasauga Swamp rattlers abound, when I was a kid.

Believe it or not, they are now on the endangered list.


USFWS: Eastern Massasauga Fact Sheet

We were heavily populated with them but there was a bounty on them for their venom, to use as an anti-venum, evidently they got hunted out pretty good.

Their venom was not lethal enough to kill, unless the person already had certain pre-existing health issues.

If you live in the lower one third of Ohio, that may be why you've never heard of them but, believe me, they exist in Ohio. I have seen them with my own eyes when I lived in Trumbull County

As far as desensitizing my horses to them, I dunno. It's never been an issue with any of my horses and we came up on Diamondbacks blocking the maintenance roads, when I lived in SoCal
anndankev likes this.

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
walkinthewalk is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 01:35 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 4,838
• Horses: 12
Oh dear, I guess I might as well move then. hahaha
walkinthewalk likes this.

anndankev is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 02:05 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Valley of the Sun
Posts: 3,003
• Horses: 3
Neither one of my horse's spooked around snakes until I my minor accident on Mona because of a rattler.
After that, she would get up every time she saw or heard one, but I think I contributed alot to that since I was so scared. It got better after I was able to control my reaction to them more. Snakes still don't really bother Willow that much.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
flytobecat is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 02:58 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 8,594
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by flytobecat View Post
Neither one of my horse's spooked around snakes until I my minor accident on Mona because of a rattler.
After that, she would get up every time she saw or heard one, but I think I contributed alot to that since I was so scared. It got better after I was able to control my reaction to them more. Snakes still don't really bother Willow that much.
Maybe that is why my horses didn't react, the few times we came across them. I was never spooked by snakes --- spiders are another matter lol

I still vividly remember the year I was 12 and helping the neighbor get hay out of the field. I was tossing from the ground and suddenly the kid catching them hollered "drop it NOW!" The tail end of a Swamp rattler was sticking out of the bale. The rest of it was long gone, no doubt whacked in half by the mowing machine.

That was a tad unnerving, to see those rattles hanging out of a hay bale. It probably added a ding to them eventually getting on the endangered list, lol
flytobecat likes this.

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
walkinthewalk is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 05:49 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Wilson, N C
Posts: 1,700
• Horses: 3
Not sure if this link will work, but it shows a humongous python wrapped in a round bale! Origin of pic is Australia.


http://smith-wessonforum.com/lounge/423342-ever-find-snake-hay-bale.html


huge snake wrapped in hay roll
Posted via Mobile Device
HombresArablegacy is online now  
post #10 of 10 Old 07-25-2015, 05:58 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: california
Posts: 5,769
• Horses: 0
I would want my horses to be alert, I have had a couple of horses that would not go forward when they saw a snake or heard it before I did. they would turn and head the other direction.
I would not want one to jump out from under me ! Last rattlesnake I killed was on my front porch, and my dogs were having fits.
stevenson is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rattlesnake on trail! DocIsMyPony Trail Riding 42 07-15-2014 05:57 PM
New Vaccine for rattlesnake bites .. stevenson Horse Health 2 06-06-2014 04:34 PM
Trail horses doing cross country. emilie787 Eventing 11 04-04-2013 08:41 AM
Rattlesnake Vaccine Opinions HeatherinCali Horse Health 12 03-06-2012 04:35 PM
Country Woman loves horses Country Woman Welcome! Introduce yourself here! 12 12-18-2011 04:59 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome