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    07-18-2012, 01:01 PM
I know this is out of subject but I wanted to breed my mare to a zebra and get a wild looking foal. That would be awesome!!! I know a few people have done it they are called a Zorse....they are so neat looking!!!
I think it would be neat to be able to ride a zebra!!
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    07-18-2012, 02:52 PM
I bet some zebras are insulted for being called un-civilized haha . I agree that they probably have a stronger flight or fight instinct compared to the horses considering they have friendly neighbors such as lions... Horses have predators too but I think zebras have more to worry about. So they are probably not the most emotionally stable. Kidding aside people could be considered a predator to them and us getting on their backs probably not their thing so would take longer to gain trust and to build up their confidence to overcome their own instinct and fears and we know fear is pretty powerful. But I have never trained a zebra so noooo clue maybe I'm completely wrong but I do tend to watch national geographic too much.
    07-18-2012, 04:14 PM

I beleave if you had one from a foal what you put in to the zebra you should get out.
Like the other posts say even wild horses ponys can be broken all it takes is time.
I think over here there was a team of zebras in the 1800s in england broke to harness im sure I had read it some were.
Every thing is possable as long as you have the time that's what it takes time.
    07-18-2012, 05:33 PM
Green Broke
There was a nearby "rescue" that had a Zebra stud, he had been bred to donkeys, and get zonkeys, and bred to ponies to get Zonies. However they hadn't ever bred him to a horse before.

They offered me a free breeding about 3 years ago. I was going to go through with it. But I was starting to rethink things when they called to change their minds, as their zebra can get a bit aggressive when mating and didn't want to be responsible if he caused my mare harm.

This is the zebra in question

And some of his Zonie offspring

Zonkey offspring

And my Mare that I was going to breed, and had decided not to.

    07-18-2012, 10:15 PM
I will definitely NOT let my daughter see this! We went to an animal park today and the zebras were more friendly than some of the horses I know. They let us touch their ears and my qh won't let me do that so I don't think it's unreasonble to think that someone could ride one.
    07-19-2012, 01:55 AM
Haven't you ever seen the movie 'Racing Stripes'?
    07-19-2012, 10:08 AM
DoubleS I was just about to type that! There was something about training the zebras they used in the extras part of the DVD. Can't remeber it exactly, but they said they did have to treat the zebra actors differently to the horses.

Joachim, I honestly don't think it was a fake video. It is perfectly possible to train a zebra, but I think the flight/fight instinct is much more firmly wired, and they think a little differently to horses.
    07-19-2012, 07:42 PM
I have seen a few Zebras, which were trained well and ridden. However, they are few and far between. Definitely not for those who do not understand animals which are still essentially wild.

I know many have trained and ridden, Zebra crosses. I imagine some might be more trainable than others.

And Zebras are NOT prey animals. They do not seek out other animals to hunt and kill. They are however, the prey for other animals and so, have an enormous flight instinct. Not good if one is in the saddle.

I would not put a child on a Zebra.

    07-19-2012, 08:09 PM
Green Broke
FeatheredFeet, I believe Zebra's ARE prey animals, because they certainly arn't predatory animals. When you call an animal a prey animal, you arn't saying that it eats others, your stating that it is an animal that IS prey.
    07-19-2012, 08:49 PM
I suppose one could take it either way. However, when one speaks of a 'high prey' animal or 'high prey' dog for example, it usually means they are prone to chasing down and attacking/killing etc., other animals.


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