• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Ok - how do I get a black snake out of my well house??

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Ok - how do I get a black snake out of my well house??

    Eeeek!!! I am a self proclaimed snake hater!! I personally shot and killed 10 water moccasins this spring and summer and constantly watch where I walk. Sooooo every night when I go in the COOL pump house to turn the water on to one of my pastures I carefully look around to make sure "no one" /snake is in there cooling off. Well, two nights ago there was a nice fat Black snake sleeping off a big meal in the cool stone building. I am not so hateful as to kill a Black snake, but there is no way I was going to reach down just inches from him to turn on the water!! I took a long stick and tried to encourage him to vacate the building, but he refused. I had to call DH to turn on, then off, the water. Last night he was still there - DH to the rescue again. Now I don't want to kill a Black snake, but there is no way in hell I'm reaching down to turn the faucet on with a snake wrapped around it!! We have 90 acres...he can be anywhere else minus my 2 square feet of space. Is there anything I can spray or dust the ground with to make him not like being there?? I thought Alum did something like that. How about wasp spray??
    www.crosscreeksporthorses.com
    Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma

  • #2
    Most lawn & garden and farm supply stores carry snake repellent, although how effective they are is subject to debate.

    I put it around the house to keep my wife happy. (If she ever visits this BB, I'm toast!)
    The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
    Winston Churchill

    Comment


    • #3
      If the BS is there, the mocs and the copperheads and the RS's are not. Leave him there, or bring him to me. You're fortunate to have him.

      If you must run him off, put mothballs/crystals down.

      Comment


      • #4
        Get a mongoose.
        Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by Almost Heaven View Post
          If the BS is there, the mocs and the copperheads and the RS's are not. Leave him there, or bring him to me. You're fortunate to have him.

          If you must run him off, put mothballs/crystals down.
          Yup
          I wasn't always a Smurf
          Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
          "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
          The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

          Comment


          • #6
            Get one of those at Walmart and pick the snake off the faucet, open it, put snake back on it:

            http://www.gemplers.com/shop/cleanup-tools

            Comment


            • #7
              I think I might even tolerate a black snake if I knew they kept those other nasty snakes away.
              Heck, as long as I know where the snake is, I am ok. Its the surprise that gets me.
              He'll move off, and in the meantime, you can humor your hubby to feeling needed and helping you with the water.
              save lives...spay/neuter/geld

              Comment


              • #8
                Yup, make your husband feel like a hero and keep the good snake. Him around means the water moccassins and undesireables are not. 10 Water Moccassins is a huge number.
                Our horses are not seen as the old and disabled they may have become, but rather as the mighty steeds they once believed themselves to be.

                Sunkissed Acres Rescue and Retirement

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Almost Heaven View Post
                  If the BS is there, the mocs and the copperheads and the RS's are not. Leave him there, or bring him to me. You're fortunate to have him.

                  If you must run him off, put mothballs/crystals down.
                  Ditto!
                  View my photographs at www.horsephotoguy.zenfolio.com

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Seriously? You don't. You leave him be and you won't have a problem with poisonous snakes.
                    Or you just box him up and ship him here, I have a few rattlers that could use his attentions.
                    "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Get geese. They do a great job keeping snakes away.

                      But, alas, it is true, black snakes are harmless, and they do keep the nasty snakes away because they'll eat darn near anything, and they are bigger than a lot of bad snakes. The element of surprise, though, is deadly. I am also a card-carrying snake-hater, I've stepped on them in my bedroom, found them curled around the dog water bowl, and always jump and scream dramatically whenever one pops up and waves hello. I think I am the almighty totem of all snakes because they seem to love me.

                      Just keep making your husband take care of the water until the snake moves away to a more comfy place --- once he's digested his meal, he'll go out hunting again. And maybe next time, he'll have the courtesy to hide where you don't see him when you go in to the well house!

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        We have one that likes to sleep on the gate. shudder.. I HATE that element of surprise even though I've come to expect it. "Charlie" is about 7.5 feet long and growing. Found a huge skin last weekend in his normal area.

                        Fresh, Frozen & ISO Warmblood Breedings FB Group

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          holy smokes

                          That is one HUGE snake Back in the Saddle. It's pathetic, but I am limiting my geographic areas of location based on the possibility of snake encounters. Aargh.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            a barn I boarded at used to have those damn fake snakes all over the place... scared the piss out of me a number of times as I'm stolling along adn see a damn coiled up snake at the bottom of the staircase.... then I'd recall it was a fake... I'm personally of the opinion that snakes do not belong inside... I'd keep a black snake alive... but he would definatly be relocated.
                            If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              I would move....seriously. If I found one in my well house or one on the gate like Back In The Saddle, I'm not sure I would even bother to pack, just drive far, far away!!!!

                              Yikes.

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Just out of curiosity horseshrink how long have you lived in Ocala? If this is your first summer here in Fla. I guess you had better be prepared to move 'cuz you aren't going to get through a season here in the south without some kind of snake encounter!
                                "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."-Hunter S. Thompson

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  I have actually lived in Ocala for five years and spent 25 years a South Florida. In all that time, I never saw a snake (other than the snakes at the Miami Serpentarium at my snake phobia classes). The closest I've come is finding a snake skin in a bush in my front yard.

                                  I am spending the summer in West Texas and am very fearful from what the locals are telling me about snakes. Hope I make it through.

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    Ive been in Ocala for 10 years out on a farm, amongst huge farms, and havent seen that many snakes. I was lucky enough to see a young black racer this spring; actually saw him several days in a row, but havent seen him since. I hope he's okay.

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      Is there a way you could put up some sort of wall of wood or some such around the faucet handle, so he can't lie ON it and you can reach in and turn it on without touching him, but leaving him room in there to sleep? I'd love to have one in my barn; the snake....but he might eat the baby birds, soooo....
                                      "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James
                                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                      Proud member of the Wheat Loss Clique.

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        I guess you could keep the thought in your mind that if he's too well-fed and sleepy to move when you prod him with a broom or stick, he's not going to move when you reach in to turn on the water either. You could put a glove on, just to give yourself some "cootie" protection. I've been bitten by black (rat) snakes before (in camp - the "tame" snake we passed around got tired of being handled by the time it was my turn!!) and it doesn't hurt very much.

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X