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 loverFriday, January 6, 2017 at 8:57 am
    OMG! I have been riding horses for god knows how long and I have never, i mean NEVER seen a horse as skilled as this!!! :O
    • mango ballWednesday, November 2, 2016 at 9:38 am
      I have been riding horses for 10 years and I love all animals when I go to the farm the horse I ride does the samething and shes a off trail tero bread I LOVE HER SO MUCH!!!!
      • shelbyWednesday, October 19, 2016 at 8:21 am
        i love horses they are awesome i think that was a Percheron those are my favorites
        • ryleeThursday, September 29, 2016 at 9:37 am
          hahaha omg
          • ...Monday, September 12, 2016 at 9:22 am
            • Hayden ConrathWednesday, September 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm
              That horse is smart! I CAN'T BELIEVE that horse taught it's self to open all those locks!
              • LisyWednesday, September 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                I want to own that place
                • Pony lover Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm
                  I ride horse and I have always loved Friesian, and he is like my pony
                  • doglover15
                    doglover15Monday, June 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm
                    I love horses as much as much as I love puppies!!! My step-dad's parents own Shetland horses and they are soooo cute!!! I love to brush them
                    • belizey
                      belizeyThursday, June 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm
                      wooow woow im speechless

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