Maybe the best horse escape caught on video…horse removing halter on video.

The results are in and after hundreds of you reported your silly horse stories it is clear that ESCAPE of some form is the clear leader!

Rachel T. shared a photo of her horse escaping from the halter.

Rachel T. shared a photo of her horse escaping from the halter.

Horses were reported to escape from:

  • pastures
  • stalls
  • halters
  • escaping from being tied
  • untying others (aiding and abetting escape)
  • properties…
  • and even a few who escaped INTO homes…lol.

The following is my favorite horse-escape video, lol. This video really helps humans understand the complexity of the equine mind. Can you imagine what when into this horse discovering this trick? Did he have itchy ears one day? Maybe the halter was loose the first time (notice it is pretty tight) and he just happened to get the rope over the halter….

Either way it is clear that this horse REALLY has this technique down! I love that the human placed the camera…and the horse looked at it a couple of times…then the human brushed and acted ‘normal’ so the horse might miss the setup. The best part is the ending…they you will really see what he was thinking!


  1. Bev Mackenzie on October 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    That is unreal

  2. Nancy on September 6, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Mine likes to take halters off of other horses. I never leave his halter on unless I’m grooming or working with him, but remove it immediately after so don’t know if he can get his own off. I’m sure he would figure it out if I gave him the chance. He’s rather good at opening latches and is constantly checking gates and practicing on spring type hooks. I don’t blame them. Wouldn’t you want that thing off your head? I wonder how we’d feel having our freedom and movement restricted for any length of time? They are so smart and curious I don’t see this as unusual or even disrespectful behavior. We are the disrespectful ones, tying them for sometimes an hour or more in one spot. A prey animal whose survival depends on flight. “Correcting” even slapping and hitting them when they start pulling or pawing or getting impatient…yet we claim we love them. Then we put steel in their mouths, stick them in 12×12 boxes, jab them with spurs. I’m amazed daily that they continue to put up with us and that there isn’t more pay back coming our way other than to show us how dumb we really are.

  3. ginger20037 on September 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I have a saddlebred named Jasper that always gets out of his halter, it doesn’t matter how tight you think you might have it or where/how he’s tied, he doesn’t even have to be tied. I can be brushing him out in the crossties and he’ll start catching it on the ties and get out of it before I have a chance to get the next brush, same with him being straight tied, and as for when he’s not tied I know he doesn’t get help from the other horses since he’s the boss and they don’t go near him. You can forget to take his halter off when he gets put back out in the field and by the next morning the halter will be over one ear or out in the middle of the pasture. A friend at a local barn didn’t believe it till we put him in cross ties in front of her while the farrier was working on his feet.

  4. Jennifer on September 3, 2014 at 7:04 am

    OMG that is very smart of the horse, and so cute and funny 🙂

  5. Patti Young on September 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Really enjoyed that, and the music was so perfect!

  6. on September 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    hahahahahaha, thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much for sharing, hahahaha

  7. Gary on September 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    You have never met a horse that could get loose until you have met my “ESCAPE ARTIST”. There is no lead rope he can not untie, no gate he can not open. He is currently working on undoing the stud chains we have to keep on all of the gates. He tries……he truly does! I give him 2 years before he masters that as well. lol

  8. katzarr on September 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    BITC “

  9. Nikki B on September 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    A friend was hauling her friends pony named nicknamed Houdini in her trailer, when she stopped at an intersection he undid his rope and opened the front access door and walked off the trailer, all she heard was a knock sound, it wasn’t til she got a bit further down the road that she decided to stop and check to make sure everything was ok. The access door had swung shut (the knock sound) so when she looked in and the pony was missing she was completely baffled. Then she said she felt sick to her stomach as she wondered what they heck was going on and was she going to find a dead pony on the road. She turned her rig around and headed back the way she came, as she got to the intersection she saw a guy standing on the corner with the pony. He had seen the pony walk out the door just before she drove off, the pony didn’t have a scratch on him – everyone upon hearing the story just cracks up laughing but it took my friend quite a while to see the funny side.

  10. Sharon Hill on September 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    WOW if you really think about it, that horse was using a tool to get his halter off.

  11. Nikki B on September 1, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Love how he went and checked the camera out at the end as if to say “did you get that?”

  12. Sue Smith Chapman on September 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I have a horse named Houdini (for obvious reasons) who does the same thing. I had to braid his halter into the top part of his mane to keep it on. But even this only made it stay on longer. He still got it off eventually! Such a crafty little brat!

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