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Escape artist named "Houdini" horse

This horse doesn't just let herself out of the barn, she opens doors for all the other horses, except her mother.  More on those mother-daughter issues later but first meet the "Houdini Horse."

Her motivation is really just food.  Her real name is Mariska, a 9 year-old living at Misty Meadows farm in Michigan where her skill at opening everything from coolers to gates prompted owner Sandy Bonem to post a compilation of her greatest escape moves on YouTube.

As someone commented, "It just goes to show how far one trick can take a pony."  Her owner says Mariska has always been good with her mouth.  For instance, when she was a baby she'd grab on to my zipper tabs and she would zipper our coats up and down, up and down.

But now she's more interested in letting herself into the grain room for a snack.  They had to put a chain on the door.  Much as the owner of Piggy the dog had to put a lock on the fridge because Piggy was always managing to open it.

The owners of Mariska have likewise had to modify all of their latches.  But when her video went viral, everyone wondered why she walked right by her mother's stall without opening it, yet opened the stalls of all the other horses.  Her mother is the boss mare. She's very bossy.

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