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post #1 of 13 Old 10-16-2019, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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How can you outsmart your horse?

This is too strange. We have a new stable and a Holsteiner mare we've had a couple months. She was opening her dutch door latch so I put another at bottom, then another holding the top one down.
Inside stall doors are sliding so when they're shut a wide hasp goes down automatically which prevents door sliding open. It's hard even for me opening from inside since I have to reach through the bars way down holding it up as I slide door.
We usually let her out in paddock in morning, up in evening which I did yesterday.
Last night I checked water and 100% sure hasp was down. I even tried sliding door.
This morning she was inside barn, stall door slid open and she had carried a bale of oats over and was eating on it!
I'll put a secondary hook/eye latch on it...but how can this be possible?




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post #2 of 13 Old 10-16-2019, 05:05 PM
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Either you misremembered doing all the right things to close her in, or perhaps she got part of it open with her mouth, and then by virtue of banging repeatedly on the door, the vibrations caused the other 'failsafe' hardware to fall into place and let her out.


Only a security camera will solve that mystery.


A latch with a carabiner type closure will be pretty near impossible for her to open, no?
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-16-2019, 05:17 PM
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I second the latch and carabiner. Simple, easy, relatively horse-proof. If she can even figure out how to unlatch the carabiner while simultaneously lifting it through the latch hole and then undoing the latch, which is highly unlikely, you can always get the real rock climbing carabiners that screw closed.
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-16-2019, 05:28 PM
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I always curled up /wrapped my leadropes when i wasn't using them.; they had Wednesbury clips, so i used them on the latch so that the horse coudn't lift the bolt handle.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-16-2019, 07:13 PM
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And there ya go - I was told Holsteiners were 'dumb-bloods'! :roll_eyes:
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-16-2019, 07:48 PM
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Yes to at least setting up a game cam, if you don't want to invest in a security system, so you can see what's going on.

Imagine my own game cam surprise when I discovered one of the strange cats eating cat food set out on my prep counter at the barn was actually a rabbit, lollol

P.S. What will you do when you go to the barn some morning and the mare says "Wilburrrrrr! I'm hungry! You put the oats where I can't get them!" <----remember "Mr. Ed"

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-16-2019, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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What's so strange is I'm 100% sure latch was down. No way could she move it with her mouth through the bars. It's a gravity latch so close door it automatically comes down. Banging door wouldn't help and there are no scuff marks in stall.
I fixed it by an eye bolt on other side of door. She is smart.
Her Dad was amazing and the lady holding him is not short!

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post #8 of 13 Old 10-16-2019, 11:46 PM
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She's part unicorn. Clearly she used magic.

No diet, no hoof. No hoof, no horse. No horse is not an option!
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She's part unicorn. Clearly she used magic.
What my wife said!

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-17-2019, 03:00 PM
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I second the latch and carabiner. Simple, easy, relatively horse-proof. If she can even figure out how to unlatch the carabiner while simultaneously lifting it through the latch hole and then undoing the latch, which is highly unlikely, you can always get the real rock climbing carabiners that screw closed.



If she can figure all that, she needs to have her own magic show!
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