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post #1 of 7 Old 03-16-2014, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Creative ways to contain Houdini horses.

My horse has recently figured out how to open the sliding latch on her stall door and let herself out. I have shut her head in the stall so she can't get to the latch, but it is such a shame that she has to be shut completely in when she's in her stall. She does get turnout every day, but the horses do come in for feeding, and inclement weather. Does anyone else have a horse that can open latches and what have you done to prevent them from getting out, aside from completely closing them in? I have a few ideas but I want to see what ideas other people might have come up with.

This is our barn, just so you know what the latches and doors look like:

Feel free to share photos of your Houdini horse proof latches, and stories of what havoc your horse has wreaked on the barn when loose!

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-16-2014, 04:05 PM
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I bet you could fasten some thing with a carabiner or a double ended clip from the door handle to the blanket rack below that would prevent her from being able to rotate the handle enough to slide the bolt through. Might have to use some rope/chain/twine. We have double ended snaps on most of out gates that are kept closed with a chain. I have yet to see a horse make his way past a clip.
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This is actually sort of what we did. We put a link on the door handle.

Like this:

And then tied a snap to the blanket bar with twine. This way we can snap the the link to the blanket bar. We actually put two snaps tied to twine on the blanket bar to clip closed, so if she does figure out the snap, having two will at least slow her down so maybe someone can catch her in the act before she gets out.

My grandfather's horse has been shut in her stall for a while because she gets out too. One of the boarding stables we boarded her at only had half doors with no way to shut her head in. We had all sorts of crazy configurations of knots, snaps, and chains, and all it did was slow her down. Nothing stopped her until we put a second latch on the bottom of the door, where she couldn't reach. I'm just hoping, my horse doesn't figure out the snaps!

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My boy is a natural born Houdini (will open anything, even if you have a latch tightened with a piece of string - he will tie the knots open and free himself. And his buddies. And let himself into the feed room. Yup, it WAS closed. ) and my best answer to that is a kick latch or just another latch, attached to the stall door lower than he can reach: here's an example of a kick latch -

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Our horses are out 24x7, but we have a couple Houdinis, too, so all our gates are chained with carabiners. They know how to pull the chain out of the slot in pipe gates unless you use a carabiner. Be careful, Houdinis watch you when you lock a gate/door and the wheels in their brains are always turning......
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A simple chain with a double end snap should do it.
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