Horse protects Princeton woman from snake

Posted June 14, 2009 8:47 a.m. EDT
Updated June 14, 2009 3:37 p.m. EDT

— A horse owner has nothing but praise for the way her animal reacted in a dangerous situation recently.

Jennii Peterschick, of 181 Christopher Ave. in Princeton, was fixing herself lunch when the barking of her dogs drew her to the pen where Saddie, a quarterhorse, was kept.

When Peterschick stepped into the pen, she was bitten by a snake she described as "fat, muddy and black." Before the snake could strike again, Saddie stomped, then chased the snake into the woods.

A nurse at the emergency room told Peterschick that she was lucky. She did not get a "fully-loaded bite."

Peterschick is not sure what kind of snake bit her, but she knows what kind of horse she has. "She is truly my guardian angel with four legs," she wrote.