ridecamp@endurance.net: SMB/snakes


Becky Huffman (hhcc1@htcomp.net)
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 20:45:57 -0600

We are in the south part of North Texas. Hot, dry and rocky, and I think
that we probably have all the snakes that you don't. We see a lot of them
on trail, but so far haven't had one strike while riding by... I worry
about it a lot. The horses seem to be able to smell them (??). I did have
one mare bitten in the pasture, I think she must have kicked it, I had to
pull a large fang out of her fetlock. But she didn't seem to have any
problems other than a lot of swelling and a fairly bad wound from the
poison right at the bite spot.

What kind of problems do you have with them, I wonder about how to handle a
bite out on trail, especially on a hot horse with a high heart rate.??

Semper Fi & The ShadowRat
Huffman Horse and Cattle Company
Fine Endurance Arabians and 'Horned Cows'

> Also, living in S Central CA we are in the land of rattle snakes and a
> striking at a lower leg and hitting a SMB is a lot more to my liking than
> hitting the actual horse! It's also one of the reason I wear half chaps

> if I get off to walk and lead my horse my lower legs are protected.
>         Karen Clanin

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