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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  • Ashlynnalmost 3 years
    Such a smarty pants 😂
    • Humanalmost 3 years
      My horse knows how to do that too, it’s awesome
      • nataleighalmost 3 years
        HAHA!SOOO halarios i wonder who tot it to do that.
        • HorseGirl96almost 3 years
          My horse knows how to do this! He unlocks his then only unlocks his friends! :)
          • blondiealmost 3 years
            that is really cool how he opens the door. I would love to have that horse or any other horse my mom will not let me get one sadly
            • neidnmsabout 3 years
              I love the way the horses open the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • carol9857about 3 years
                OMG like how!
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                  x-wingloverover 3 years
                  I love the way the horse was unlocking the stable doors and the hate it is so funny and I love horses so much makes me want to have a horse myself at my house that I am a horse lover myself to.
                  • Tylerover 3 years
                    I want this horse because he doesn't bite and he's fun to ride and he's fun to feed that why I want this horse
                    • Cowgirlover 3 years
                      I have no clue how they do that