Zebras, while very stubborn, are not impossible to train. Once they are trained, if trained correctly, they behave like any trained horse or donkey. If they have been in captivity their entire life, and raised like a "normal" foal, they won't have the extreme instinct to run from moving bushes for fear its a lion or cheetah (not that cheetah hunt zebra, just saying lol), granted they'll still have the "flight or fight" instinct, but every prey animal has it, my instructors 24 year old gelding will still spook and run from things he sees everyday, if they move funny. For example, I think I've told this story before, but hey - my friend who is about 27 owns a zebra. I think he's about 9 now, I don't remember really, I haven't seen him in ages as they live 6 hours away, but he is the coolest creature I've ever met. He's not much of a jumper, he has no idea what to do with his legs, but he's incredible at dressage. For such a stocky little thing like zebras are, you wouldn't expect them to have the movement for dressage, but man can he move. I've ridden him a total of twice (I don't count the time when I was too chicken to take him over a small jump, but if you saw how he jumps, you would be too lol!), taken him for a gallop, done a little dressage test with him, he's awesome.
She has had him since he was about 2 months old, and raised him herself as she would any orphaned equine - she has donkeys, horses, mules, the woman is a softie, but she raised him right. He was treated like an animal, still loved, but any pushy behaviour, kicks or nips were not tolerated. We believe he was abandoned by his herd, as we found him all alone, crying out rather pitifully, with no other zebra in the area. Now as a general rule, you don't interfere with nature, but this little guy just melted our heart. He was so eager for companions that he didn't care we were human, he came right up to us when we got out of her truck, stuck his little face in her shirt, and made the saddest little noise ever, so she bundled him up, made me sit in the back with him - on a dusty, bumpy road??? Lovely lol, took him home, got the rangers from the park we found him in over, they helped her learn what milk etc to give him, she applied to keep him, and by the time he was about 5 months old, he was officially hers. She only started him at about 5, to give him plenty of time to grow, and at first he was very stubborn, but soon learnt beautifully. Now he wasn't always in captivity, but he was taken out of the wild so young that the rangers believe he lost the "wild" in him.
She is actually taking him to a show in a few weeks times, just a little fun show to see how he goes. If he does okay behaviour wise, she will apply with the national equestrian board to compete more with him, as there is the issue of African Horse Sickness which is carried by zebra, and other things, but if she can prove he's not a "killer beast", as some people here think *eye roll*, and shows that he gets his AHS innoculation every year with all the other animals, there shouldn't be a problem.
Every girl wants their own LOVE STORY, I found mine... :)