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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  • Smarty pantsMonday, November 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm
    My best friend and I have a horsey
    • horse loverThursday, November 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm
      i love it so cute
      • HorsePonyLoverMonday, November 2, 2015 at 7:50 am
        Oh My Gosh that should literally put this on AFV, That horse deserves it!!!!!!!
        • enchanted7
          enchanted7Monday, October 19, 2015 at 2:57 am
          A horse like that is almost impossible to find! I think that this horse definitely has the smarts!
          • cargorat01
            cargorat01Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 11:16 am
            all 6 of my horses do this! its very annoying!
          • enchanted7
            enchanted7Monday, October 19, 2015 at 2:54 am
            wow! I never new a horse could do something like that! I never met a horse who could do that and she that horse is!
            • lemonade11
              lemonade11Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 4:17 pm
              That is hilarious and crazy!!! I've heard of Houdini but not horsedini!!!πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
              • horse loverWednesday, October 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm
                • MAR0021Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm
                  she looks like my horse angle sooooooooooo cute
                  • AnonymousWednesday, October 14, 2015 at 9:42 am
                    🐴🐴🐴 love horses
                    • AnonymousWednesday, October 14, 2015 at 9:42 am
                      🐎🐎🐎🐎🐴🐴🐴🐴 love horses

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