Video Of The Week - Friesian Horse Is Stable Lock Opener Extraordinaire

By Meera Dolasia on January 28, 2013

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To say that Mariska, a Friesian mare who resides at the Misty Meadows Farm in Midland, Michigan is a smart horse, is an understatement. After all, which animal can figure out how to escape from its stable by deftly open the latch! If that doesn't impress you how about this? After she strolls out, Mariska calmly goes and opens the stable doors of her friends and encourages them to take off too!

And, it gets better - The one door she breezes right past even though it is adjacent to her own stable, is the one where her mother Trienke, who also happens to be the 'boss' mare resides! Mariska's owner, Sandy Donem says that they did not teach the horse to do this - It's a skill she has learnt by practicing really hard.

The smart horse began her quest by first learning how to grab the zipper tabs on her owner's jackets and pulling them up and down. Once she had mastered that, she began drawing out Sandy's hair ties and even grabbing and eating the jingle bells of an antler head band she was once wearing. Then came the opening and closing of paddock doors and finally, the stable lock!

In fact, it has gotten so bad that Sandra and her husband Don have had to install a second lock at the bottom of Mariska's door! We have a feeling that sooner or later, this smart mare is going to figure out how to open that too!

Resources: Telegraph.co.uk,horestalk.co.nz

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  • HorseLover4/21/2014
    it seems like one day she'll go off into the street and get hurt… :(
    • horse4/8/2014
      asowm
      • cece4/7/2014
        omg,lol
        • Horse Girl4/1/2014
          So cool!
          • Horse Girl4/1/2014
            amazing! most horses can totally not do that!
            • wolves1
              wolves13/27/2014
              That horse is amazing. He/She could become famous
              • wolves1
                wolves13/27/2014
                That horse is amazing. How it unlocks doors and escapes
                • hayden3/27/2014
                  I love Friesians they are so awesome and ive seen this video like a million times it is so cute
                  • hannah3/19/2014
                    hi guys i just read this today
                    • maxim
                      maxim1/15/2014
                      If I was a horse I would do that to

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