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post #1 of 18 Old 09-11-2019, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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It didn't take our new horse to figure out how to open her stall door. Yesterday I put a chain and caribiner on it but she got that off! The company who built stable had leftover hardware so I used this. It's a sliding door latch.
Anyone else have this problem?
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-11-2019, 07:14 PM
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She don't like being locked up I guess, lol!
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post #3 of 18 Old 09-11-2019, 09:48 PM
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She has a busy mouth...

You can also take a screw eye and screw it into the door where the latch will come down over the top of it...
Add a snap and she will be a very busy animal trying to figure out how to open a snap/carbinger and lift the bar and slide it...or just turn the screw eye so it locks the handle in place.

You can also put a stall chain or guard inside her stall a bit higher so she isn't able to reach the opener...
If she were my horse I would also be installing a lower bolt/stall closure so she can not bang the door , loosen the hardware are get out...remember the idea of a stall guard/chain...might be something to consider if she really wants out!
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Had a pally horse who could get out of anything. He wouldn't do it in front of me but could open paddock gate latches - had to be padlocked if small, if big farm gates, had to have the weight of the gate holding the chain down! He could open padbolts & stuff, so I imagine he'd have short fun with that stable latch too! He could also crawl under 2.5' rails! Later in life I got a buckskin. He is just as 'Houdini' & opens latched gates, crawls under or just climbs through fences... gotta have hotwire, but believe me, he knows when it's on or off! Should have known better - not a superstitious type, but... never get a yellow horse!
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post #5 of 18 Old 09-12-2019, 02:45 AM
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I had a horse who was well on her way to figuring out a quick link, , she could and did open slide bolts, door chains, anything I could think of to try to keep her in her stall. Then she'd go let all her friends out. Many was the time I went out and caught her nimble little lips on the barrel of that quick link trying to get it undone. I think if I'd kept her 6 more months she have figured that out too.

Word of warning about that hardware on your door. Those slide bolts that curve out that way tend to be pretty sharp and can tear a horse UP. Be careful with them.

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^Was working on a arm years ago when the owner came in, thunderously. Started getting stuck into me for not shutting the gate, seems all the horses were out. I said 'I'm really sorry if I did, but I am 100% sure I did latch it.' I'd hurt my finger on it because it was a tricky gate. He then had a go at me for not accepting responsibility & owning up. Thankfully his daughter came out of her room & said 'Hang on Dad, I rode Fred home today. So sorry it's my fault.' Seems Fred was known for letting his mates loose and extra measures should have been taken at the gate, if I'd have known!
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I had a horse (RIP Duke) that not only did this, he also figured out if he pushed his butt against the gate, at the end where it was chained, he could break the chain. -- I watched him break the second chain from the kitchen window, lollol

I had to buy a length of chain heavy enough to use to pull cars out of ditches:)

He would open his stall during the time I had to board him. The BO put a second slide latch further down the door, where Duke couldn't reach it.

The day the BO busted Duke, he had spent a good hour in an empty stall where he could watch Duke thru the cracks between wood slats.

When Duke opened his door and calmly sashayed down the aisle toward the back door, the owner popped out of the stall and said "Duuuuuke--- where do you think you're going!?" He said Duke's head shot up and he immediately put the brakes on. The BO was laughing so hard, he almost couldn't get the hay twine around Duke's neck to lead him back to his stall.

Also, like @loosie 's Palomino, many years ago, my Arab/Saddlebred was one to crawl under the fence when the creek bed dried up in the summer, lollol

Both of my remaining horses' stall doors open in or out. They know which way to push those doors to get out facing the direction THEY want to go, lollol
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^^^^^^Poor "dumb beasts", right? ROFL!

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Mine figured out how to lift the door off the hinges after a bottom deadbolt was installed which she couldn’t reach. Bite the door and lift. Yup.
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Yup, I've got one of those too! I put TWO of those sliding latches on the stall doors, one further down the stall door. (Nothing was sharp, fortunately!) She couldn't maneuver her head to be able to fiddle with the lower latch, so that worked. I'm surprised that a carabiner didn't work for you, but maybe the chain made it easy to fiddle with? I just put one around the entire sliding latch through the holdfast. I guess if the habit got too bad, you could always try creating a deterrent using a small loop of electric fencing/wire powered by a small enclosed battery pack? I know some equines are a little strange and don't care if they shock themselves (in which case, don't do that!) But if you don't have that kind of equine then it might be a good solution?

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