Horses are smarter than people give them credit for. The horse I recently put down was like that. He used to take off his racing leg bandages when left unattended in his stall. Not only did he remove them without tearing them, he deposited them in his empty feed bucket. He could get out of his fitted horse blanket without ever opening a buckle or tie, and he accomplished this without tearing his "winter coat." On one occasion, hubby was going to take him on a training mile before a race. When hubby was putting on winter gloves, "Friendly" took off for his mile--at a clip much quicker than he was supposed to be trained. He went the prescribed number of trips around the training track, then pulled himself up at the barn, and waited to be unharnessed and led back to his stall. Hubby said that "he left his race on the training track, and probably do poorly for the actual race."Good evening lala, I will watch that video, it sounds like one I have already viewed. Check this one out. It is the best I have seen in awhile. I laughed so hard. My sister had a horse who let himself out all the time. Just too funny. I know you will enjoy it.
Have you ever heard of a horse with seemingly magical abilities? Well check out this girl who has been picking both her own, and anyone else's gate locks since she was about six months old. Her name is Mariska and she is one talented Friesian Mare. The Friesian breed of horses originated in the Netherlands, and are known for being especially graceful and nimble for their size.
While theyíve almost gone extinct a number of times, their expertise and ability at dressage has the breed currently going strong. Considering her evolutionary attributes, itís no wonder that Mariska has such special talents. While her skill is impressive enough that her owners set up this video sting operation to catch their own little Houdini in the act, her intentions are innocent.
She uses her extraordinary talents to just visit her other horsey friends, get some fresh air, and go for small walks at the Misty Meadows Farm in Midland, Michigan. Now that's what we call a friendly Friesian!
Mr Ed's evil cousin...haha
Well, old Friendly apparently knew what he was doing and won his race, improving on his race time by 2 full seconds. Guess the horse knew what he was doing, and only humored his humans. True story. I really miss that old boy, but he is at rest in our far pasture. He was good to us in his racing days, and we tried to make it up to him during his long retirement. He would have been 27 years old this spring. He gave us some wonderful memories.