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post #1 of 46 Old 03-02-2010, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Zebras?!

My family went on a vacation last weekend and were driving through a very small town. We passed a little stable with an outside arena. There were some kids riding around and one of them was riding a Zebra! I have never seen anyone riding a Zebra before and I never though it was really safe. I saw the move Racing Stripes a few years ago and I thought it was silly. I mean, they are wild animals!!!

So I was wondering what everyone else thought about riding Zebras?

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post #2 of 46 Old 03-02-2010, 03:52 PM
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i have heard that they can be mean as hell and I know the zorses are not usually very nice. It's possible to do I also suffered through the movie Racing Stripes and it was a sure enough zebra. Also in Swiss Family Robinson one of teh characters rides a zebra.

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Zebras are notorious for aggressive behavior--they are wild animals that don't have the centuries of domestication that horses have. I would stay far, far away from personal interactions with a zebra unless it was through a fence. One zebra that seems to have great socalization traits is NOT an indicator of the whole species. It's like raccoons--some people have them for pets, but once the raccoon feels trapped or in a bad situation it reverts to its feral roots and may take your face off. It is not domesticated and does not understand human interactions as such.
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Yeah, I could imagine them being mean and they are so small, only a child should ride them. I would not want a child on such an unpredictable animal, it just doesn't make sense to me.

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The size would depend on the type of zebra. There are several types and some are quite large. If you just drove past and saw it I would say that it was more likely a white pony with black stripes painted on it.

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Oh, I diddn't know they were different sizes.

No, the arena was right next to the road and I could tell it was a Zebra and not a pony. It moved a little differently (it was more stiff and choppy) and it had the standing up mane. I wasn't paying attention at first, but the black and white really caught my attention lol.

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I sincerely hope they don't eventually regret putting their kids around that zebra.
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I sincerely hope they don't eventually regret putting their kids around that zebra.

Me, too!

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CheyAut has a zebra (or is their's a zorse?) - rather is in partnership on one I believe --- you should get with her and talk about them, I'm sure she'd be full of information.
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post #10 of 46 Old 03-02-2010, 04:11 PM
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Your post made me think back - we once painted a white mare of our's up as a zebra for a parade. The coloring lasted a couple of weeks and we'd see people going by on our road slam on their brakes and sit down there when they would notice her out in the pasture.
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