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What are the symptoms of a snake bite and what should be done immediately while awaiting a vet’s assessment and treatment?

Snakes bites can be nasty. Immediate signs of a snake bit can include swelling at the bite site, pain, profuse sweating, muscular weakness or paralysis trembling, dilated pupils, and staggering. After calling a vet, the most important thing to do when waiting for them to arrive is to keep your horse as calm as possible, as movement will speed up the spread of the venom. It is important to keep yourself safe, being careful of both the snake and of your horse.