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Ride ’em Zebra?

Zebras look like horses with stripes, but there are key behavioral differences that keep them from being domesticated.


Change Stripes

Ever wondered why people ride horses but not zebras? Though they look it, zebras aren’t just horses with stripes.

Trying to train and ride a zebra is pretty dangerous. Compared to horses, zebras are pretty unpredictable. They can be very aggressive and even vicious as they get older. Plus, their body shape doesn’t take a saddle very well.

People have been trying to domesticate zebras for about a hundred years, but to no avail.

Can’t Be Tamed

Over the years some zebras have been successfully trained, but as a group they just don’t lend themselves to domestication. Some animal trainers and breeders have created zebra hybrids, such as the zorse, a cross between a zebra and a horse, and the zonkey, which is what you get when you cross a zebra and a donkey.

So far there’s no specific purpose to creating zebra hybrids; they’re not stronger or more useful than regular horses and donkeys.

So maybe we should just leave the zebras alone. They’re doing just fine on their own.

Read More:

“Can Zebras Be Domesticated?” (Everyday Mysteries)

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