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  • Get a zorse. They're still striped like zebras, and everything, just much, much, MUCH easier to train.
  • How much does a zorse cost?

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    04-25-2009, 11:26 AM
I think the zebra / donkey cross was pretty cute looking....but for some unexplainable reason I've always wanted a donkey...*shrug* dunno why...lol
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    04-25-2009, 12:57 PM
I agree they're cool, but I still wouldn't get one. Zebras are skittish and tempermental, and I doubt many people have tried training them before, so you'd be walking in new territory, so to speak
    04-26-2009, 07:35 PM
We had a girl at our barn that owned two! One was tempermental like a mare.......erg mares......

But the other one was sweet as pie! She said she bought them at one of the auctions thirty mins away from here. She bought them both together for 2000. I would doubt that auction wouldnt tell them. I have see 30 something ostridges, zebras, a dingo, a beaver, etc. there for sale.

I would love to own one!
    07-29-2009, 03:26 PM
I had 2 WONDERFUL zorses for many years. One was a great trail and pack animal, the other one was a little stand-offish and we never really did anything with her. Zorses do NOT cost much money, I've bought and sold them from $50. To $2500. Just depends on how much training they've had and other factors just like horses; size conformation, disposition etc., these photos are of my precious "Marbles".
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    07-30-2009, 06:39 AM
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How smart are they compared to a regular horse? More donkey/mule like?
    07-30-2009, 12:30 PM
I've heard that zorses can be awesome if trained right and I've even seen a zebra for sale that they dress up and can stand on its back that was totally legit. Liek most other animals, everything depends on how they are raised and trained.
    07-30-2009, 01:16 PM

Not sure about a zorse but the trainer who broke my halter mare to ride years ago had a zebra. While she was a wester pleasure trainer her passion was trick training. Her zebra was beautiful but every time I went to visit my mare during her training, I couldn't get the zebra to come to me. He seems to only have bonded with the trainer. Every time I went up to visit, I would have my son with me who was 4 years old at the time. My trainer would always get the zebra out and put on a mini show for my son! I was a neat experience but I can't see myself ever having a zebra or a zorse. LOL! I'll stick to my paints!

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    07-30-2009, 02:11 PM
There is one that lives in the barn that my friend boards at! He is stubborn and really really agressive towards people! He's ok with the other horses and animals around but not people! I wouldnt recommend it!
    07-30-2009, 06:22 PM
Hey Jen, would that trainer happen to ne located in Florida? Sylvia Rice?
    07-31-2009, 02:47 PM
I think they're awesome to look at, by far one of God's coolest creatures.

Here's more, courtesy of Wikipedia:

A zorse or zebroid, specifically the offspring of a zebra stallion and a horsemare. The rarer reverse pairing is sometimes called a horbra (or hebra). Like most other hybrids, the zorse is sterile.
The zorse is a strong animal with traces from both its parents.
James Cossar Ewart crossed a zebra stallion with horse and pony mares in order to investigate the theory of telegony, or paternal impression. Cossar Ewart used Arabian mares. Similar experiments were carried out by the US Government and reported in "Genetics in Relation to Agriculture" by E.B. Babcock and R.E. Clausen, and in "The Science of Life" by H.G. Wells, J. Huxley and G.P. Wells (c.1929).
Zorses are bred in Africa and used for trekking on Mount Kenya.


Zorses combine the zebra striping overlaid on colored areas of the hybrid's coat. Zorses are most often bred using solid color horses. If the horse parent is piebald (black and white) or skewbald (other color and white) (these are known in the USA as paint/pinto) the zorse may inherit the dominant de-pigmentation genes for white patches, it is understood that Tobiano (the most common white modifier found in the horse) directly interacts with the Zorse coat to give the white markings. Only the non-depigmented areas will have Zebra striping, resulting in a zorse with white patches and striped patches. This effect is seen in the zebroid Eclyse (a hebra rather than a zorse) born in Stukenbrock, Germany in 2007 to a zebra mare called Eclipse and a stallion called Ulysses.

Zorses and humans

Zorses are preferred over zebras for riding and draught for several reasons, although they are still not as easily handled as horses and should not be ridden or purchased by novices. Their more horselike shape, particularly in the shoulder region, makes it easier to obtain harness that fits correctly.
Zebras, being wild animals, and not domesticated like horses and donkeys, pass on their wild animal traits to their offspring. Zebras, while not usually very large, are extremely strong and aggressive. Similarly, zorses have a strong temperament and can be aggressive.


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