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    02-04-2009, 09:13 AM
  #31
Weanling
I think you should get one! But like they said they cost a lot ot keep and they have to come and check out the place. But if you are up to the challange.
     
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    02-05-2009, 02:02 AM
  #32
Foal
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Originally Posted by CheyAut    
I would NOT put a kid on a zebra. They're wild animals!
I don't think I need to remind everyone of the obviuous - at one point horses were wild (and vastly still are). Just like the one's in all our avatars (well, maybe not spyder's... :P) Not to mention the "Wild Mustang training competions" that are the latest craze - google it, the take wild mustangs, give them to x number of trainers, and see how they compare after 30 days - looks like a good time actually. I've callled on several Zebras, and each of them has been born in a pasture/stable environment, and most of them are actually bottle fed from birth to aquaint them with human interaction.....I think that's more domesticated than MY horse- lol. Anybody elses? Anyways, back on topic..

As an update - I checked with the USDA, and each state governs itself - each has it's own regualations. Long story made short - Wisconsin and Iowa are the only 2 states that do not regulate exotic animals (USDA classifies a Zebra as exotic, to no suprise) - they leave it to the individual municipalities. I checked with our township, and they have no problem - providing a simple vet check/coggins.

The ONLY snag I've had so far is my insurance company (My agent LOVES it when I call.....its always somethin weird....can you picture her expression when I asked aabout Zebras!!lol)

I dunno, it's somthin I've been thinkin about, and may possibly like to do...but a guys already got alot of iorns in the fire already...but we'll keep ya up to date!
     
    02-05-2009, 02:57 AM
  #33
Yearling
Really I don't see the point in having a zebra, really quite frankly there not bulit for riding and I would feel horrible riding around on a zebra, not to metion it would be weird... the lady that I know that has one was teaching her to pull a cart and sadly her zebra just pasted away a few days ago from colic, there not easy to take care of, nothing like a horse. Im at least glad that the USDA keeps tabs on them (at least in most places) and there owners to make sure they get the right care. Here's a few pics of my friends little 2 year old zebra that passed away...
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    02-05-2009, 03:36 AM
  #34
Started
I think it would be cool to have a zebra! I also have to agree with twilight though, just because they look a lot like horses, that doesnt mean they are the same thing. I'd do lots of research before I even considered having one. Just make sure you know what you're getting yourself in to. For me they are way to expensive...but if that's what you like, can afford it and have some knowledge about it...I say go for it.
     
    02-05-2009, 11:02 AM
  #35
Showing
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Originally Posted by Twilight Arabians    
really I don't see the point in having a zebra, really quite frankly there not bulit for riding and I would feel horrible riding around on a zebra, not to metion it would be weird... the lady that I know that has one was teaching her to pull a cart and sadly her zebra just pasted away a few days ago from colic, there not easy to take care of, nothing like a horse. Im at least glad that the USDA keeps tabs on them (at least in most places) and there owners to make sure they get the right care. Here's a few pics of my friends little 2 year old zebra that passed away...
I relaly enjoyed your reply. It's true that a lot of people even with the horse breeds, alter conformation to try to make them more suitable for whatever the chosen discipline is. I would hate to see them being used more to the point where people start altering them to fit their need to have a zebra you can ride.
     
    02-06-2009, 01:55 PM
  #36
Foal
Let me just say thank you for all the replys on this. I really like the input from everyone, both positive and negative. I'd sure rather know about peoples objections tro this before (if I would) get my feet wet in this area.

In no way am I trying to be argumentive - I just wanna know, an I guess that's how I learn, by askin when I don't understand.

You said you would be against their breeding to alter their uses to be more fit (Im assuming you mean intentional breeding to alter size, confirmation, ect ect). I don't understand how this is different from any other ......(dont know the right term, so I will say hybrid breed) hybrid breed of horse. I mean without digging out the books I been reading, I can't name what was bred to what, but like the quarter horse was a hybrid (or man made) breed to make a breed specificly for speed. I remember reading about some draft breeds being altered to make a more suitable pulling/working breeds.

Now I am assuming that you are kinda refering to Zorses (a cross between a Zebra and horse). I don't see whats wrong with trying to improve an animals chariteristics to better suit your needs. I mean, if you are a diehard jumper - you probably wouldn't buy a donkey or Clydesdale. So if you were going to breed a horse for yourself - you probly wouldn't choose to breed those two together, either. Just like you wouldn't intentionally breed two horses together that have horrible confirmation or known problematic health issues.

So if it's OK to be selective in breeding choices about attempting to manipulate the chariteristics of a horse to better suit the end users needs, why would it be wrong with another equid?

Like I said - I'm not attempting to be argumentive - I just wanna know. And, BTW, I am truly glad that people are posting objections /their thoughts on here!
     
    02-08-2009, 03:01 PM
  #37
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Ruby Tuesday    
Let me just say thank you for all the replys on this. I really like the input from everyone, both positive and negative. I'd sure rather know about peoples objections tro this before (if I would) get my feet wet in this area.

In no way am I trying to be argumentive - I just wanna know, an I guess that's how I learn, by askin when I don't understand.

You said you would be against their breeding to alter their uses to be more fit (Im assuming you mean intentional breeding to alter size, confirmation, ect ect). I don't understand how this is different from any other ......(dont know the right term, so I will say hybrid breed) hybrid breed of horse. I mean without digging out the books I been reading, I can't name what was bred to what, but like the quarter horse was a hybrid (or man made) breed to make a breed specificly for speed. I remember reading about some draft breeds being altered to make a more suitable pulling/working breeds.

Now I am assuming that you are kinda refering to Zorses (a cross between a Zebra and horse). I don't see whats wrong with trying to improve an animals chariteristics to better suit your needs. I mean, if you are a diehard jumper - you probably wouldn't buy a donkey or Clydesdale. So if you were going to breed a horse for yourself - you probly wouldn't choose to breed those two together, either. Just like you wouldn't intentionally breed two horses together that have horrible confirmation or known problematic health issues.

So if it's OK to be selective in breeding choices about attempting to manipulate the chariteristics of a horse to better suit the end users needs, why would it be wrong with another equid?

Like I said - I'm not attempting to be argumentive - I just wanna know. And, BTW, I am truly glad that people are posting objections /their thoughts on here!
Yea if you want to get one that's your desinsion really. As for crosing breeds I do kinda understand where your coming from, but zebra's are not horses, not even close, its a sad thing when we start playing god, and I dred the day where there will be no wild animals, and that day is coming. And yes, we have such amazing horses! So why own a zebra, whats the point? Attetion that's what people want. I really wish we wern't such a selfish people, but I realize that will never change.

I really just don't see the point in having a zebra, really if you can explain why it is that it would be good to have one that would be great! We already have such amazing horses, why buy a zebra? Please give me a good reason, not oh I want one because there cool or because no one else has one.
     
    02-08-2009, 03:07 PM
  #38
Foal
I didnt think Zebras were rideable?? Coz of their spinal structure or sumthing? O well.
     
    02-08-2009, 03:24 PM
  #39
Weanling
I am getting a zebra when I get older and have more training experiance lol I decided this a while ago and I know there would be negatives to having one but there are also positives same with a horse. Zebras are my favorite animal too lol
     
    02-09-2009, 09:20 PM
  #40
Foal
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Originally Posted by Twilight Arabians    
Yea if you want to get one that's your desinsion really. As for crosing breeds I do kinda understand where your coming from, but zebra's are not horses, not even close, its a sad thing when we start playing god, and I dred the day where there will be no wild animals, and that day is coming. And yes, we have such amazing horses! So why own a zebra, whats the point? Attetion that's what people want. I really wish we wern't such a selfish people, but I realize that will never change.

I really just don't see the point in having a zebra, really if you can explain why it is that it would be good to have one that would be great! We already have such amazing horses, why buy a zebra? Please give me a good reason, not oh I want one because there cool or because no one else has one.

That's a very good question, and I'm glad you asked it. Obviously, rarity is one of the reasons, but you are right, it should not be the sole reason. Honestly, I would have to say rarity, marketability, financial, a learning experience, personal interest, amongst other reasons.

Everyone breeds, raises, trains or owns horses or knows someone who does -I'm pretty sure we can all agree on that. Just in my simple searches, I have found several outlets for tame, semi tame, and "naturally raised" Zebras and Zorses. Zoos are constantly looking to purchase worthy exotics, and Zebras are on the top of their list. Many private individuals are willing to purchase exotics for their own personal colections - trained or not. I also think a Zebra could be an effective marketing/promotional asset - parades, open houses, ect ect.

Now if an individual (myself, we'll say) wishes to own a Zebra(s), can benefit financially from the venture - with possibilities of that venture supporting his other Horsey Habits, is bettering himself knowledge wise and relationship wise, is having a good time doing this venture, and "can be the one with a cool Zebra" - why not?

As far as playing god, just an FYI, but Zorses, Zonkeys, and Zonys are infertile. Such animals are bred for a specific porpose, utilized for that porpose, and that's that. Theres no difference in that and selective breeding, as stated before, for say a jumping horse, or a draft horse...just like domesticated house cats, ect ect. Quarter horses are bred to Arabs all the time. So are Quarabs wrong?

Also, I'm not understanding what is completely different between horses and Zebras. They are both equids, there both from the equidae family and of the equus genus [citation Wikipedia]. Bone stucture, muscle structure, circulatory systems, even down to DNA stucture - they are side by side, if not identical. I will note that personalities differ, generally, but anyone who has spent time with an Arab and spent time with a Clyde will tell you the same thing.


Also, just an interestingf tid-bit, here's a picture of a man jumping a Zebra. File:Zebra-tame-jumping.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     

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