Greetings ’all,

Hopefully, we are all out and about playing with our horses, camping, trail riding and competing!  And hopefully, we are all staying safe.  The passion for horses that we all share comes with so much joy and also so much risk.  Our passion has us outdoors much of the time, sometimes in places that are remote and difficult to access.  Places that we would probably never go except on horseback!  These adventures bring us into the heart of the natural world and offers us a connectedness to it that is difficult to find in our ordinary day to day lives.  We owe our horses so much gratitude for transporting us to these remote places, and gratitude and reverence to what-ever higher power which we might believe in for creating this wondrous playground. 

Again, our adventures are not without risk.  Nature is generous and awe-inspiring but it can also be cruel and ugly.  Accidents usually happen suddenly and without warning, and especially when we are in remote places, they can be life threatening, even fatal.  We are willing to take that risk for the opportunity to do what we love, but it is always wise to be prepared for the unexpected and to take the necessary precautions.

The reason I am bringing this subject up is that I recently participated in a Trail Trials event in Mariposa, put on by Mariposa Mountain Riders, a lovely group of folks.  I was stunned to hear a couple of days later that the ride manager had been bitten by a rattlesnake and died as a result.   This was shocking news, especially since rattlesnake bites are so rarely fatal.  I do not know the details, such as how she was bitten or how long it took to get her to treatment, but it got me thinking about what one SHOULD do if bitten by a rattler.  There is a lot of myth and folklore surrounding the treatment of bits, and most of it is wrong.  Think “True Grit” when Maddy falls into the viper pit.    Anyway, I found an excellent article on what to do and what NOT to do in the event of a snake bite that I would like to share with everyone here.  Next I am going to investigate  insurance that you can get if you ever have to be airlifted out of the middle of nowhere and I will share that info with y’all next month.

In the meantime, enjoy your horseback adventures and stay safe!!  Love to all!

Happy trails,

Syd