I love my pony - I think he's just about as smart as they come. He picks up new tricks in minutes. He could let himself out of his stall until I got him a taller door, he could do anything he set his little pony mind too (the little dirt bag).
But he has a new habit - and I'm not sure why he hasn't figured out how stupid it is? He paws at his stall guard and then gets his foot stuck in it. He has never been able to free himself. At first I would rush over and help him. But then I just started letting him stand there like that for a while. He never panicked or thrashed around with it - just stood there with his hoof in the air. I'd only save him after I was done with whatever I was doing. :P
This morning I woke to loud thumping downstairs. Then a huge crash and boom. I ran down and found my mare soaked, she rolled under her water buckets and dumped them all on her. I thought it was fine, I fed them and went back up. But kept hearing 'thump thump thump' every few minutes. Went back down - pony's got his hoof in his freaking stall guard, he's all bent out of shape reaching his food with his foot in the air. -.- Why hasn't he figured out NOT to paw his stall guard?
Here he is looking all sorts of guilty: