Brief background: My mom does pony rides, and thus has a wide variety of ponies in all shapes, sizes and attitudes.
She took my 2 year old niece to a "safari" zoo yesterday, and one of the animals they had there was a zony. Mom fell in love with it (she loves having different animals on her farm), and she was inspired to ask the owner what she would have to do to get one. He laughed it off, but soon learned she was very serious.
Mom explained her business, and he sobered up and said that zebras can be a lot more aggressive when mating than horses or ponies. So naturally on the ride home mom was making a short list of the mares with enough spunk and attitude to handle a zebra.
My mom is insane hahaha
I hope your mother isn't considering using a Zony for pony rides. She'd better up her insurance if she is. Actually, there are plenty of Zebra x horses/ponies around without breeding. Certainly not stable enough for pony rides.
No, I don't think she'd be using them for pony rides-- just something different to have on the farm. They do petting zoo type things too on the farm, with a variety of farm animals like ducks, goats, rabbits, a mini donkey, couple mini mules, llamas, and pigs. I suppose she thinks it would look great for them if they could offer kids a chance to pet a zony haha still. cracks me up.
Glad to know she is not considering one for rides. Zebra x ponies or horses, are definitely not for the novice handler. Zebras have a very highly developed flight or fight survival response to anythng they perceive as a threat. Their response to almost anything they don't like, is to kick. I have a friend who owns a Zebra, but she does not cross breed. He is highly trained and has been used in movies and commercials.
You can see some here.
Zorse, Hebra, Zony, and Zonkey Pictures (Half zebra and half horse or donkey)
I'd be very careful about putting the mare in danger, when breeding to a Zebra. Rather like Donkeys, Zebras can be very aggressive breeders.
WHAAAAT? That's crazy. I actually never knew you could x breed zebras with horses or donkeys. I don't think people should mess with mother nature like that... just because they're equine doesn't mean they should be bred together...
But it really isn't messing with nature all that much. Producing a curious looking herbevore that cannot reproduce isn't that bad. (Different ammount of cromosones, I believe.) Do you take the same stance agaisnt Mules? They are essentially the same thing. Zebras just are a bit more interesting in most people's eyes.
I agree with Featherfeet, as long as she is not using them for riding ponies. Always think of safety, first.
Well yeah, of course it could potentially happen. But the odds are that it would NOT. I just don't think people should mess with things like that... And mules are somewhat pointless in my book. There is nothing a mule can do that a horse of some sort cant. I am not exactly sure WHY someone created a mule to begin with... They're cute, and the noise they make is hilarious. Its not the mules I have anything against, its the people.
Well I heard that some Zorses were bred so the people of Africa would have an mount that would be resistant to a certain diesease some fly carried around. Also Mules were bred for their incredible hardiness, surefootedness, and intellegence. I do admit some people who do breed them sometimes are pointless, but you don't really see alot of mules that just sit around without a purpose. Most of them are bred with something in mind.
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Um, pretty sure if you tried to cross a cat and a pig, it wouldn't work.
Why? The animals are entirely unrelated. But among closely-related species, hybridization can and does occur in nature. Plants, for example, do it all the freakin' time. Grizzly bears and polar bears also willingly interbreed. Feral dogs and wolves will sometimes mate.
I just read an article recently--new evidence shows that early humans and Neanderthals interbred. Non-African modern human DNA is 1-4% Neanderthal (Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans - NYTimes.com). So according to you, we're all blasphemous freaks of nature.
As for mules, they are far more intelligent than horses, as well as being sturdier and more sure-footed. Their size and conformation is more suitable for riding than a donkey. Mules are also fantastic jumpers.
So yeah, totally worthless.
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