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post #1 of 9 Old 01-12-2012, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Breeding a zebra/horse cross?

Pretty little filly, but I sure hope that they wait a few years before getting her a "boyfriend" to see if she is a fertile zebra/horse. Just over a year old and planning on getting an intact male pony for a companion :(

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-12-2012, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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No, it doesn't look like the link worked. Maybe this time?

YouTube - Zebra + At = Zebrat ( Zorse )
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I could only assume that seeing as Mules are sterile because of the genetic differences, I would think a Zorse would be as well. Even if they are intact, they still would not be fertile. Even if the very small chance of it being fertile the filly still might not accept the potential mate. Maybe it is different with zorses?
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Actually, some mules ARE fertile. But they have never been able to produce a fertile offspring from fertile mules. But the majority of mules are sterile, and I would imagine the same would be true of zorses.
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They should just introduce her to a herd of "normal" horses so that she doesn't become soul due to the lack of socialization with other horses.
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And probably not introduced to any mature, intact males while she is so young. A band of mares would provide some great socialization to grow and develop to adulthood :)
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Actually Mules have foaled before... it's just so rare that it's hard to believe.... happened here in Colorado some years back... they DNA'd the baby to prove it was the mule mare's foal...

Mule's foal fools genetics - The Denver Post

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Actually Mules have foaled before... it's just so rare that it's hard to believe.... happened here in Colorado some years back... they DNA'd the baby to prove it was the mule mare's foal...

Mule's foal fools genetics - The Denver Post
Wow, thanks for the article. That was fun to read. I guess breeders should assume that they just can't put mules in with intact males and never have to worry about getting a baby. LOL! Must have been quite a sight for them to see a baby mule in their herd :)

Hope they breed her to a stallion next, and get a horse from the cross LOL

Makes me wonder how many chromosomes a zebra has in comparison to a horse?
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I know... can you imagine their shock at finding a baby out there?? I guess they had the ultimate excuse for an unplanned foal :)

That article was many years old... and I think they tried to rebreed, but I guess it never worked - at least it was never published... It reminds me of Jurassic Park "... life will find a way"....

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