Rattlesnake Concerns

Do you live in an area where venomous snakes are a concern? If yes, please tell us about your experiences and if a snake has ever bitten your horse.


Total votes cast: 351

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I get the small rattlers with a shovel, the mare Flattens them!

9/11/2017 5:28:11 PM

Feral cats seem to keep the rattlers at bay.

9/11/2017 4:22:52 PM

No snake bites yet.

9/11/2017 12:04:34 PM

Two horses bitten on nose by Prairie Rattler, on same day. Both survived. Vet involved.

9/11/2017 11:28:58 AM

snakes are bad

9/11/2017 10:28:01 AM

We see some Copperheads around our farm, but none of our horses have ever been bitten.

9/11/2017 10:01:22 AM

copperheads, i catch and kill several in t he spring and summer. no horses bit but my dogs have been

9/11/2017 9:42:46 AM

W Rattlers rare & King/Gopher snakes keep the pop in check. Never had a horse bitten, thank heaven.

9/11/2017 1:28:35 AM

Bitten by a water moccassin in Florida, near a seasonal spring, during a hurricane ... death.

9/10/2017 11:21:00 PM

killed 4 aroum

9/10/2017 10:30:16 PM

have seen brown snakes several times. one horse may have been bitten once, but not 100%

9/10/2017 7:04:23 PM

We have Copperheads, rattlers, Coral snakes, and water moccasins. No bites to horses. Horse out24x7

9/10/2017 5:24:07 PM

Santa Fe, NM has lots of venomous snakes. My TB filly was bit on the chest by a rattler

9/10/2017 2:58:31 PM

Walking one's dry-grass pasture/turn-out before turning the horses out can help prevent snakebites.

9/10/2017 1:38:07 PM

100 Characters isn't enough to comment. Yes. My horse has been bitten.

9/9/2017 11:47:31 PM

My horse has not been bitten, but the stable manager was, and had to be briefly hospitalized.

9/9/2017 3:45:25 PM

A few of our neighbour's horses died because of snakebites. None of our horses have been bitten so f

9/9/2017 12:41:14 PM

they are present, have not had a personal encounter on trails

9/9/2017 8:34:33 AM

No bites fortunately not where horses live but only where ride

9/8/2017 10:46:27 PM

Yes, but not aware of any bites at my boarding barn.

9/8/2017 10:12:27 PM

Have seen snake on trail but fortunately able to avoid.

9/8/2017 9:48:31 PM

Never seen rattlesnakes or copperheads here. Have seen coral snakes but not concerned for horses.

9/8/2017 6:24:34 PM

My horse was bitten by a rattlesnake last summer. No treatment just rest.

9/8/2017 5:21:45 PM

Never bitten

9/8/2017 4:27:02 PM

Copperheads & rattlesnakes live here but I havent encountered any.No horses snakebit- knock on wood!

9/8/2017 2:00:16 PM

There are some rattlesnakes in Ohio but I've never seen any

9/8/2017 1:27:24 PM

no bites

9/8/2017 10:16:00 AM

We keep our land mowed and cleared.

9/8/2017 9:56:00 AM

Didn't see Rattler coiled under horse trailer! Sent chills up my spine when it rattled! Close call!!

9/8/2017 3:58:47 AM

Rattle snakes and Mojave Greens. No bites to horses, fortunately.

9/8/2017 12:53:20 AM

Rattlesnakes are in the field with the horses until the horses "mow" down the field. No bites yet.

9/7/2017 10:24:32 PM

a lactating mare was bitten by Aust king brown snake survived with anitvenom & antihistamines

9/7/2017 9:29:18 PM

Timber Rattlers and Copperheads by me, only one mare bitten, named her first foal Snakebite.

9/7/2017 8:48:23 PM

I've never had a horse bitten, but I don't ride in the woods. One of my dogs got bitten.

9/7/2017 7:22:10 PM


9/7/2017 6:56:00 PM

Very careful on the trail near water crossings

9/7/2017 6:51:01 PM

I don't stall my horses in the summertime because the need to be able to get away fro the rattlers.

9/7/2017 4:53:58 PM

I've been fortunate to have only rarely seen any venomous snakes.

9/7/2017 3:23:24 PM

No, but 1 time had rattler on 1 side of gate, 2' snapper on other. Used spare gate!

9/7/2017 2:56:02 PM

Horses never bitten - but on the ttrail the snakes give ample warning to avoid going too close

9/7/2017 2:23:38 PM

No bites, but we are very watchful

9/7/2017 11:03:51 AM

We have puffadders, which are lazy and won't give way when a horse investigates and sniffs them.

9/7/2017 3:43:57 AM

Very large rattler, not dry bite. Luck I keep most meds on site & excel relationship with good vet.

9/7/2017 3:27:32 AM

We ;live in the Mojave Desert & have had many Mojave Greens on our property. Fortunately no bites.

9/7/2017 2:31:23 AM

Has not been bitten. Would leg wraps be protective enough?

9/7/2017 12:04:10 AM

a horse in our barn died after a copperhead bite due to airway closure,didn't get to him in time

9/6/2017 9:23:25 PM

We have copperheads. They have never bitten my horses or any of my other animals.

9/6/2017 8:56:29 PM

No personal experience, but owned a filly who was afraid of white lead ropes post snake bite.

9/6/2017 8:34:13 PM

No bites, but we've come close a few times! Friend's horse bitten but had boots on fortunately!

9/6/2017 7:59:34 PM

Lots of rattlesnakes around but I've never had a horse bitten and don't know anyone who has.

9/6/2017 5:35:40 PM

Rattlesnakes everywhere here, just have to keep eyes wide open!

9/6/2017 4:56:44 PM

Rattlers and Copperheads are prevalent in this part of PA. Have seen both, luckily no bites so far.

9/6/2017 3:36:30 PM

no horses bitten

9/6/2017 2:17:27 PM

I've run into 6 this summer riding. My friend's horse has been bitten and was sick for almost a year

9/6/2017 2:14:27 PM

I have a huge fear of snakes anyway so could not live where they do.

9/6/2017 1:58:40 PM

I have lived in south and central Texas with rattle snakes and copperheads as the most prevant.

9/6/2017 11:58:11 AM

Never had any animal, horse or dog, bitten

9/6/2017 11:31:46 AM

Just moved our NYC Barn stalled horses out west.. Vet suggested RATTLE SNAKE shot. Glad we did

9/6/2017 10:01:43 AM

only copperheads,horses have never been bitten

9/6/2017 9:17:56 AM

Seen one, not been bitten thankfully!

9/6/2017 1:26:09 AM

We have rattlesnakes in Arizona but I have never had a problem with them.

9/5/2017 9:59:48 PM

Although we are not far from rattle snakes.

9/5/2017 9:39:41 PM

My horse bitten on nostril. Lost his airway. Had to have trach. Survived with homeopathic meds

9/5/2017 9:12:14 PM

Yes I live in LA I have had two horses bitten by water mocisane in the same stream.

9/5/2017 7:51:09 PM

I have not personally had any encounters with snakes, but know of others who have

9/5/2017 7:15:40 PM

Never had one bitten. But snakes get in stalls at times.

9/5/2017 6:44:29 PM

NoVA has venomous snakes. Have seen the on trail, we both went in opposite directions!

9/5/2017 6:30:56 PM

No, snake has bitten horse, but we encounter them in the manure pile where it is warm

9/5/2017 6:08:11 PM

Live In Arizona, never had a horse bitten, worry constantly about dogs that follow on trail rides

9/5/2017 5:57:28 PM

We have venomous snakes here in SC, but rarely see them. Do have a black snake around the property.

9/5/2017 4:54:58 PM

I've seen more than 100 rattlesnakes in my years of horse ownership and never once had a problem.

9/5/2017 4:53:46 PM

It is a constant concern from early spring till winter

9/5/2017 4:45:25 PM

My gelding was very snake wise.

9/5/2017 4:40:37 PM

One of our yearlings stepped into a coppermouth nest and was bitten some 10-12 time on one hind leg.

9/5/2017 4:30:33 PM

Lots of rattlers in San Diego and it's scary.

9/5/2017 4:29:15 PM

Never bitten my horse.

9/5/2017 3:56:21 PM

Have not encountered a venomous snake.

9/5/2017 2:34:42 PM

No venomous snakes that I'm aware of in our area, thank goodness!

9/5/2017 1:55:46 PM