Monday, October 20, 2014

Rattlesnake apprehended!

I was in the right place at the right time on Monday, and not only helped to save another horse from getting bitten, but also aided in apprehending a rattlesnake before it could cause any more harm.  The snake is now dead, but we don't know for sure that he was the one who bit Jess, or that it was the only one on the property.  Hopefully that's the end of it, though.

I took V. to go riding Saturday afternoon.  It's scary to think that we might not have gone.  We were both kind of tired that day.

I was walking out of the cross ties to go to the bathroom when I thought, "What is that sound?"  It didn't scream rattlesnake! at me, which is scary.  It was more subtle and much quieter than I would have expected, more of a chh-chh-chhh than a sharp rattling sound.

I stopped and looked around, and that's when I saw Sam -- the little black horse that used to be in with Panama and Rondo, and who is now in his own run -- standing at his gate with his nose down, looking at something.  I had to look hard to see the rattlesnake, all coiled up about a foot from Sam's nose.  It was rattling continuously, but rather than being warned off, Sam was merely curious about it and wasn't leaving it alone.

I ran around to the other side of the pen and climbed in, calling for Sam.  He was so focused on the snake that he was ignoring me until V. ran over and gave me a handful of hay.  Then he came to me, and someone else ran over with a halter, so I tied him up on the other side of his run.

Meanwhile, someone had gone for help, and came back with the barn owners, who killed the snake.  They tried running over him with the tractor first, but of course he didn't sit still for that, but once he was on the run (and not coiled up, ready to strike) they were able to chop him up with a shovel.

It was really scary, but also such a relief that it's dead now.  Thank heavens we went to the barn, and thank heavens I was going to the bathroom at just that moment, as I think Sam would have been bitten too within a few more minutes.  He was just too curious about that snake!



At October 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yup. That's too close for comfort. Right time -- right place for sure.


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