Side effect of snake bite on horse almost a year later.

snake bit horse nose crookedLast year on June 16 we were dealing with our first snake bit horse. You may remember the blog, complete with photos, documenting the whole process. As Hope, the horse that was bitten, was hanging her head out of the stall yesterday I snapped this photo and decided to do a follow up. I laugh when I see her because she has an innocent look…and a slightly crooked nose!

The only two signs she still has are 1) an altered growth ring on her hoof 2) a crooked nose.

The ring will be grown out soon but the nose…I’m not sure if it will ever be straight. Either way she is still cute!


  1. Melissa on April 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Here is a link to the VIPER Institute located in Tucson, Arizona. It is very time consuming and expensive to make antivenom. Click the “How Horses Help Make Antivenom in Mexico” video.

  2. Elinor on April 18, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    So glad she’s ok! I’m wondering what vets in California would do. I haven’t had any snake bites with horses yet, but they do have to treat dogs very aggressively here. ..
    One would think Texas would have much more poisonous snakes than here.

    She sure looks cute though!

  3. Dana Casey on April 18, 2015 at 9:22 pm


    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Loretta Fern King on April 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    What is Hopes registered name ??

    • Stacy on April 20, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Here registered name is “I Hope I Can Can”

  5. Christine Pedersen on April 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I believe that this could be successfully treated. There will be several reasons why this is happening. For sure, there will be fascia caught up in the poll with residual toxins as it is very common to see uneven nostrils when there is a tight poll, when the nerve endings are released, the face can then relax. A world wide respected Australian technique called Bowen is incredibly successful in releasing this sort of problem. Touch her poll, I bet it’s like a rock.

  6. Tracy Johnson on April 18, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Poor little girl i remember the blog well Stacy, it is great that you do a follow up, because you read a story and months later you are reading another story and you suddenly wonder how that horse is. Thank you for updating us on her story. She looks beautiful non the less.

  7. Cindy Tozer on April 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I’m curious as to what the Veterinarian says as to why the difference in her nose. Is that where she was bit? And is it a type of scar tissue?

    • Stacy on April 18, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      I haven’t asked a vet. If you follow the link to the other blog you can see that the side that was bitten is the side that is ‘shorter’ so maybe your idea is correct:)

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