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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  • gar208
    gar208Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 9:53 am
    That is cool! I love horses and especially Frisians.
    • riverdalegirl
      riverdalegirlWednesday, April 15, 2020 at 9:53 am
      That's really cool. I love horses and especially Throughtbreeds.
      • looloo12
        looloo12Friday, February 7, 2020 at 1:16 pm
        I wish I had a horse that is a American saddlebred
        • blueandgold
          blueandgoldThursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:36 pm
          My friend lives on a horse ranch. Her horse, Splotch has learned how to lift up the boards to her paddock so my friend and her family had to nail all the boards of the paddock to the main post! WARNING: Horses are advancing!
          • Lucky horseshoeSaturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm
            My horse can open gates😄
            • Annalese Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:31 pm
              Beautiful horse 🐎
              • AshlynnWednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:09 pm
                Such a smarty pants 😂
                • HumanWednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:01 am
                  My horse knows how to do that too, it’s awesome
                  • nataleighMonday, October 14, 2019 at 4:53 pm
                    HAHA!SOOO halarios i wonder who tot it to do that.
                    • HorseGirl96Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:16 am
                      My horse knows how to do this! He unlocks his then only unlocks his friends! :)