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        08-10-2014, 08:06 AM
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    Foal
    Can Zebras be trained

    Here are 2 URLs showing zebras that have been trained to ride and drive

    DRAUGHT AND RIDING ZEBRAS

    The Myth of the Wild Zebra | If Wishes Were Horses

    For some English visiting or working in Africa in the late 1800's and early 1900's, zebras were trained because the horses brought to Africa died of diseases caught there. Many physicians used Zebras to pull their buggies when they worked in the bush. In Montreal's history museum, now in the archives, there is a photo of 2 officials riding zebras together in Africa because the horses brought there did not survive.

    For other English in Africa, Zebras were trained just for the novelty of training them.
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        08-10-2014, 08:42 AM
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    Foal
    I really like the photos of them pulling the carriages and buggies.

    Thanks for posting.
         
        08-10-2014, 10:38 AM
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    Green Broke
    Fascinating! I think it's interesting and says a lot about this method, that they lay the zebra down to "break" it. One could argue this is learned helplessness, where the horse learns to just give up. However it proves just how influential laying down a horse can be.
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        08-10-2014, 10:38 AM
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    Yes, they can be trained, but it is NO myth that they are much more difficult to train than domestic animals. Many hybrids are also pictured in those photos you posted.

    There are some people, today, training zebras.





         
        08-10-2014, 11:43 AM
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    Yearling
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hhlOkEpvFgQ

    This is the video of the girl in the top two pictures poste by Allison.
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        08-10-2014, 12:33 PM
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    Green Broke
    Yup, they sure can be trained ^^ Allison, isn't that guy's (at least, the first two pictures, I dunno if the third one is the same animal) name Zac? How cute.

    I want a zebra xD
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        08-11-2014, 11:49 AM
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    Weanling
    Well, the Amish say no and that's really something when they give up! I went horse hunting with a client several years ago down to Amish country where they are running "horse mills". Pastures full of ill bred Pintos to sell to the English.
    They had a zebra at one place in a pasture and an Amish guy came up to me as I was looking at it and told me that they had tried everything to break it and just couldn't! It wouldn't stop fighting them. So they just decided to leave in in the pasture as a tourist attraction!
    I can see by the pictures that it is possible though!
         
        08-11-2014, 12:46 PM
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    Yearling
    Subbing just to look at the pics.
         
        08-11-2014, 01:03 PM
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    Yearling
    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing these links. I know of a few modern zebra's and hybrids, but the historical photos and information was particularly fascinating.
         
        08-14-2014, 02:11 AM
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    Weanling
    If only, oh if only I had the moo-la. I want!!! XD

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