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"duh" moment with the dutch doors.

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  • "duh" moment with the dutch doors.

    a.k.a. "why I fenced in the front of my barn" I have a routine already and apparently I'm not good at change. I locked the horses out of their stalls yesterday by closing the dutch doors, but left their inside "regular" stall doors open to keep some air moving in the stalls. Well... I never leave the inside doors open, so I walk out to feed last night and open my horses dutch door to let him in. Woops... he proceeds to walk in and trot right out of his stall inside of the barn, then into his neighbors stall, then gets tangled up in the mess I have in the "aisle"- it's only a teeny 24x40 barn to begin with. Then he goes in front of the barn and I walked out with a halter and he did that panicked spazz-out "OMG, where am I!?! I'm so terrified ". Finally he went back in the barn via the people door which was open and since it was a straight shot to his stall hopped back in. I got him locked in and settled my heart rate back down. Lesson to me... double-check all doors, good for fencing in around the barn, and clean up my dang barn! If there wasn't crap laying around I wouldn't have been worried. So if you're ever new to having dutch doors, don't forget!

  • #2
    Thanks for a good laugh today, I could picture the whole scene, especially the panicked gelding, as I have one who would have had the same reaction in that situation.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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    • #3
      Your post made me LOL, because while I know the drill and the tricks of our five geldings, my husband (who often does the barn for me) does not, and our guys take advantage of him all the time. He opens all the stall doors before bringing them in, so they often go into the wrong stalls and create confusion that they never would with me. He trusts that they won't open the gate that blocks them from the barn aisle, or open their stall doors if he doesn't latch them -- but they all know how. My favorite thing is to send him down to do the horses on the weekend mornings, then watch the confusion that ensues!

      Once you and your horses get used to the double doors to their stalls, you'll be amused by their antics rather than stressed. Oh, and you'll love the dutch doors, and so will they!
      "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
      <>< I.I.

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      • #4
        You are soooo not alone!

        My service door is kept locked with the key in it since my TWH taught himself to open it.
        My barn is surrounded by paddock and horses are loose 24/7/365 with access to the stalls or either pasture from there.

        1st time I thought "my Bad, left it ajar..." when I walked in to find his big butt facing me in the aisle with the grain bin overturned - TG that had been nearly empty when I left.

        2nd time I thought "Hmmmmm" and that's when the key became a permanent fixture.

        Not sure my new guys will try the door, but unless they can figure out how to turn the key I'm safe.
        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
          ...
          Not sure my new guys will try the door, but unless they can figure out how to turn the key I'm safe.
          You realize you have just jinxed yourself and they will learn faster than any horse, ever.


          *star*
          "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
          - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926

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          • #6
            Funny you should post this, last night I forgot to close a gate, much to my horses' delight!

            I have 2 large grass pastures that open off a small paddock. The "day shift" horses have the gate open to the smaller pasture on the right, and at night the other horses go to the larger pasture on the left. The water trough is in the paddock for both fields, and we always close off the field not in use.

            Last night I was in a hurry, brought the day horses in and forgot to close that gate into the paddock. When I put the other 4 out they raced to that open gate and had a ball running around the "forbidden" field. Even though they were still inside a fence, "freedom" in a new field went to their heads. There was no way I was going to catch them - and this is a crew that usually comes running when called.

            It was pretty funny to watch them (3 of the 4 are between 18-33 years old) clown around before they settled to graze. After an hour they lost interest and wandered back to the paddock and out the other gate to their own field.
            ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard

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            • #7
              I can do you one better...

              Back when Mom had our nice barn built, we started with one finished stall for my show horse, who had been boarded, and the pasture horse stalls had been completed on an as needed basis. We had nice looking but (as it turned out) purely decorative dutch doors in each stall. Mom put two (maybe three) pasture horses in one stall with the dutch top open. They promptly leaned on the cheapo soft wood door with the pitiful little bolt latch, broke stuff, and went merrily galloping about the yard. When I had them rounded up and put back in their respective stalls, I demanded to know why Mom had put them all in one stall to begin with. Her reply? She "forgot" we had more than one stall finished. Not like she didn't walk past two other finsihed stalls to get to the one she used.

              Now that was a "Duh" moment.
              ::Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you::

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