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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  • lolFriday, February 13, 2015 at 6:51 am
    me to
    • yoloWednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:00 am
      horses are my thing and i love them
      • VictoriaFriday, February 6, 2015 at 7:46 am
        horses are fun to ride
        • awesome Friday, January 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm
          now that is cool
          • nataliem2976
            nataliem2976Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 3:28 pm
            I had a horse get out of his stall once but it wasn't him that did it. So cool though how smart she is! 🐴
            • OxithegreatThursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm
              Wow! None of the horses at my barn do that! But then again, the stalls have horse proof hooks! Can you imagine your mare just casually walking out of the paddock like, "Hey!" Crazy! Lol!
              • flabbr
                flabbrThursday, December 11, 2014 at 9:34 am
                • kortneeWednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm
                  That is so coooool!!!
                  • darkbreeder
                    darkbreederTuesday, December 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm
                    i have tons of black horses with different behaviors but this is bizarre
                    • scarletblue_29
                      scarletblue_29Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 11:23 am
                      My uncle's horse does it that




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