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Re: [RC] Snake sticks - Barbara McCrary

One of our daughters traveled to Australia in the 1980s.  She came home with the information that EVERY snake in Australia is poisonous.  Your mare is very smart to spook at snakes, a whole lot more informed than a gelding of mine who was bitten on the pastern by a rattlesnake here and has never been the same since.  Before that snake bite he was on his way to being an excellent endurance horse.
Who met you, Jay, at a "Ridecamp" breakfast at last year's AERC convention
----- Original Message -----
From: Jay Randle
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 9:18 PM
Subject: [RC] Snake sticks

Oh Kathie! 
That's hilarious!  I have a mare who thinks EVERY stick on the ground is a snake... year round!  It's particularly hilarious when I'm not riding her!  hahaa
But really, she is so spooked at sticks that one time I actually got nauseous riding her... she was shying and baulking and going sideways so often I got seasick!  We have one training trail that travels through a large area of eucalyptus trees (known for their shedding behaviour), and every piece of bark, branch, etc, is a potential horse-eating snake that is sure aiming at her legs.... it makes for an interesting ride.

Best regards

Jay Randle

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[RC] Snake sticks, Jay Randle