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post #1 of 65 Old 07-17-2012, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Can Zebras be trained to ride?

Ever since I was little I have always dreamed of riding a zebra. I am now 33 and my daughter has the same obsession. Not looking to actually do it, just wondering if it has ever been done.
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post #3 of 65 Old 07-17-2012, 04:43 PM
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Now I need a zebra...What will my parents say?
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I've seen it online before! Never in person, though.

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I saw one for sale on dreamhorse.com awhile back. He was trained it barrel race and do several tricks. If I remember right he was from Florida.
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there's a zebra colt on craigslist here. He's only 3000$! lol! so cute!

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post #7 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 06:06 AM
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@hberrie,

First let me say I regard this clip as a fake.

Have you ever seen a Zebra in reality? Most of the are way too small to be ridden. I think the tallest of ‘em are like medium quarters.

So far as I know Zebras haven’t been domesticated, means they do not have a civilized background. Plus they are prey animals…

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@hberrie,
So far as I know Zebras haven’t been domesticated, means they do not have a civilized background. Plus they are prey animals…

horses are also prey animals, and they were once wild and un-civilized


The are three different types of zebra that i know about:
The common plains zebra stands at 12-13hh so the size of a childs pony
as well as the mountain zebra they are slighly smaller

Grevy's Zebra
stands at stands at 13.2-14.2 hh

so i don't see why they could'nt be trained to be ridden for a smaller rider :)
they are used in movies and circuses back in the day
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post #9 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 09:30 AM
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@hberrie,

First let me say I regard this clip as a fake.

Have you ever seen a Zebra in reality? Most of the are way too small to be ridden. I think the tallest of ‘em are like medium quarters.

So far as I know Zebras haven’t been domesticated, means they do not have a civilized background. Plus they are prey animals…
True, they may not be truly domesticated, but most that are kept at zoos can be led with a halter (according to the Denver, co zoo)
And are horses not prey animals, also? Zebras may not be ridden as often but that doesn't mean they couldn't perform because of their animal kingdom placement.
And I've never seen neither a mule nor a donkey being ridden, or a mule at all in my life. That doesn't mean that there arent trained mules and donkey. Just that I've never seen them.
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post #10 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 11:26 AM
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They can be trained to ride, but like other posters said, the zebra is a wild animal. They need a very experienced trainer to work with them and who understands that they will respond with much more of a primal instinct than a horse, who is a domesticated animal. You also need to be trained to work with them, so if you do happen to get the chance to ride or own one (which really would be totally awesome), make sure you go through someone who is an experienced professional and will be able to help you.
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