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

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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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  • lexiMonday, January 8, 2018 at 9:33 am
    i love horses.
    • mrosinski67Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm
      So cool. I love horses and ride them!
      • AutumnAppleLeeWednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:05 am
        Horses are so cute! Me and my sister have our own barn and my horses name is Duch and my sisters horses name is Hughy. Hughy is big,tan and white and Duch is small and black.
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          corric123456789Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm
          this is so cool me horse dose that to his name is ziper
          • HORSE LOVER 101Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:55 am
            cool man
            • HORSE LOVER 101Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:54 am
              dat so cool :D
              • TNTFriday, December 1, 2017 at 10:48 am
                I love horses they are my favorite animals in fact I was training one back at my old home in Mississippi!!!!!
                • 😱Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm
                  • EquestrianWednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:57 am
                    I bet 80% of you don't really know horses, or even what equestrian means.
                    • horse girlMonday, October 2, 2017 at 11:39 am
                      cool stuff

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