I can see how you would see it that way, I am trying to remember if you bred dogs or not. You and another member I get confused that breeds dogs, so that would make sense you would see it as a "high prey" dog scenerio :)
Feathred feet... prey animals never kill for food they are the food. Zebras and horses are herbivores they don't eat meat so they would only kill in self defense and that even would be unusual because they rather chase away and defend their territory not kill. Where do you get your information and do you have facts to back it up?
Not sure if it was a spam but there was a circuz person selling a herd of goats that were trained and a monkey and a zebra.. there was pictures too.. but I didnt know weather to believe it.. I WANT A ZEBRA!
I can only speak of the herd of zebras I know. Someone my father does inspections (for fire hazards) has a herd of something like twenty zebras (don't know the kind). Some you can pet others are completely wild. The owner's teenage daughter does ride one or two but they will even tell you that it isn't recommended, horse's have had a lot of their prey instincts bred out, zebras have not. The girl even said she has zebras for interest sake, she has horses for riding. (These people can very wealthy and have many exotic and rare animals but are mostly into showing and training quarter horses)
Also Racing Stripes (which is fictional story) is sort of like Black Stallion just because it makes a good story doesn't mean it is a good idea. Plus the zebras used were highly trained by a very experienced trainer, it wasn't someone's back yard pet. Zebra should be enjoyed from afar not pets, I should say I can't believe a animal park let you touch them, huge liability if they bite.
Also I found their Donkey/Zebras were far calmer and easy going than any of the horse/zebra crosses.
Anyone who breeds a zebra to a horse or breeds their horse to a zebra is, in my book, just another backyard breeder. They are breeding for color and the "wow" factor, not for conformation or to improve a breed.
Zebras are wild, dangerous animals. I have seen videos of people barely being able to ride a zebra to people putzing around on one without a care.
We have plenty enough unwanted domestic horses already. Why someone would want to bring another species in to add to that number, I'll never know.
However, I DID catch myself looking up "Dressage Zebra" the other day on google ;) I got curious. Not sure I agree with attemting to ride a wild creature (because if a professional does it, you bet your backyard horseman will try), but I was curious.
Also, I'm not quite sure if the same vaccines you'd use for a horse would work on a zebra? Does anyone know? And what are the regulations for sending a zebra to auction or slaughter if you don't want it or can't keep it anymore?
Before I went to school, someone had the opportunity to buy a zebra from a zoo and wanted to know if the could bring it. The facility said no, only horses. I can see their point of view.