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!


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  • Horse JumperWednesday, September 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm
    So cool! All my horse does is stand and does nothing :)
    • equestrian
      equestrianTuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10:50 am
      Haha, my horse got out of his stall yesterday and we found him in the barn eating hay. Lol!
      • luvhorses
        luvhorsesTuesday, September 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm
        such i pretty horse
        • luvhorses
          luvhorsesTuesday, September 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm
          i love horses so much!!!! I cant stop thinking about them
          • peggy123
            peggy123Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 5:14 pm
            she's a smart horse and very cheeky
            • peggy123
              peggy123Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 5:53 pm
              I love horses soooooooooo much
              • Jah'NobiaMonday, June 1, 2015 at 8:39 am
                I love horses
                • hiSunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:10 am
                  That's awesome, and Friesians are my favorite kind of horse!
                  • snugybugie
                    snugybugieWednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:02 am
                    LOL!!! shes so beautifull !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • snugybugie
                      snugybugieWednesday, April 15, 2015 at 9:55 am
                      i love horses!

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