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        01-19-2013, 05:41 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I arrived at my barn one day to find one of the school ponies happily munching on a hay bale right outside of her stall. She looked up, saw me, realized she had been made, and took off down the aisle. It didn't take me too long to corner her and get her halter on her, and I was pretty amused by her reaction, but she could have easily just wandered out of the barn and down the street if no one noticed she was out! The stall cleaner that didn't latch her door properly got a good talking to from the BO that day.
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        01-19-2013, 05:57 PM
      #12
    Foal
    We not only clipped stall doors, but had a rule that all feed and hay must be kept in a separate stall with it's own lock on it. That way, should some Houdini horse figure out how to escape, it would be that much harder for it to eat itself to death. Glad your horse is ok!
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        01-19-2013, 11:02 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by bubbleslove    
    We not only clipped stall doors, but had a rule that all feed and hay must be kept in a separate stall with it's own lock on it. That way, should some Houdini horse figure out how to escape, it would be that much harder for it to eat itself to death. Glad your horse is ok!
    There is a grain room, but it is small and the barn is full now so I volunteered to keep my grain by my stall since my stall is in an annex room that was added on to the barn after the original build. It's wider than the rest of the barn, I like it because I have a lot of storage space.

    She seemed a little depressed today, but that might be because I didn't let her have any grain for breakfast. Hay all day.
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        01-19-2013, 11:38 PM
      #14
    Trained
    The idea of one of my horses getting out and eating themselves sick scares me so bad that I keep all feed that is near them (other than hay, of course) in large sealed "twist top" containers.

    I am glad she is okay. Shwew!
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        01-19-2013, 11:45 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I was out at the barn the other night & I had the truck lights pointed into my mares stall so I could see as I was mixing supplements. I kept hearing the "snap snap" of twigs but assumed it was just little critters. As I'm bent over I see this THING coming towards me! I could hardly see anything past the headlights. I actually made one of those girly yelps. Apparently someone hadn't latched the gate for the BM's mare who is hugely in foal and she was having a nice little walk about. She must have been munching in the hay barn when she heard me and decided to sneak up on me. Have me the fright of my life! I don't know how she snuck up on me since she's due next month and is the size of a small hippo. She happily munched the tree next to where I had been and went back to her stall willingly.
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        01-20-2013, 12:02 AM
      #16
    Trained
    I have forgotten to lock the corral gate before too. :) One time my horse got out in the middle of the night and my mule started calling really loud. So I had to go outside and put him back in. It's actually happened a lot. Lol
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