Differences Between a Horse and Zebra: Can You Ride a Zebra?

Last Updated on February 22, 2022 by Allison Price

Many people believe that zebras can be described as wild horses with stripes. Many people are unaware of the differences between a horse, and a Zebra. Is a zebra a horse?

Horses and Zebras are both part of the Equidae family. However, they are two different species. Zebras are slower, smaller, lighter, and more difficult to control than horses.

Zebras are closer to horses than donkeys. Their mohawk manes, long ears, flatbacks and short tails make them look more like donkeys than horses.

Visually, the only difference between horses and zebras lies in their appearance. Zebras have a black-and-white striped coat, while horses have a more monochromatic coat.

Zebras are a native of the African plains. Zebras, like horses are herd animals that spend their days grazing. Zebras are social animals and often live in families.

The unique black-and-white stripes on the coat of a Zebra are believed to serve as a natural defense against predators. Predators can’t pick out individual zebras when a group of Zebras is present together because their striped coat patterns make it difficult for them to distinguish one from the others.

Horse vs Zebra Size Comparison

Zebras are smaller than horses and more stocky than horses. Zebras can reach heights of 10-14 hands, while horses are 16-16 hands high. Zebras are typically between 550 and 990 pounds while horses average between 900-1,100.

Grevy’s Zebras are the largest, followed by the mountain and plains zebras.

Differences Between a Horse and Zebra

Can You Ride a Zebra like a Horse?

Zebras are able to be ridden but more difficult than horses. Zebras aren’t the best animal to ride because of their flat backs and unpredictable nature. Only a few people have ever ridden them.

Zebras can also only be carried by a small number of riders because they are so small. Zebras don’t have the same temperament as horses, so they can be unpredictable. Even the most skilled horseman would advise against riding zebras. As you will see, zebras have been ridden by people.

Osa Johnson, a famed American explorer rode a Zebra

There have been many instances in history of people riding zebras. Osa Johnson, a famed American explorer, filmmaker and author, rode zebras multiple times while she traveled through Africa with her husband in the early 1900s.

Horace Hayes, a horse trainer and veterinarian, traveled extensively with his wife Alice for their work.

Horace trained a Zebra to be his wife’s rider during their trip to Africa in the late 1800s. Alice said that the zebra was too strong and wouldn’t make a good mount for a lady rider.Mrs. Martin Johnson riding a domesticated zebra named Bromar.

One of the most well-known examples of a zebra being rode is the film Racing Stripes.

Sammy, a zebra named Sammy who had starred in several films, was used to ride all the scenes. Sammy, a zebra named Sammy, was described as being very friendly and easygoing. His personality is more horse-like than zebra.

Are Zebras Faster Than Horses?

Horses can run faster than zebras. Horses can run at speeds of up to 54 mph, while zebras are limited to 38 mph. Zebras can run faster than horses, but they are agile and can change their direction very quickly. This allows them to avoid predators.

In recent years, zebras have been ridden and raced. A few zebras were also raced at Paradise Turf’s race track in Pheonix Arizona.

Can Zebras be domesticated?

Zebras are easy to domesticate and tame, but are more difficult to work with than horses. Zebras are more unpredictable and aggressive than horses so it’s not always feasible or humane to train them.

Due to the many predators they have in the wild, a zebra is more likely to bite or kick than a horse. Zebras will fly when they are restricted.

Although you can train a zebra to be tame, it takes patience and a lot of time. When working with zebras, you need to be careful.

What is a cross between a Zebra or Horse called?

A zorse is the result of a zebra horse and stallion. A hebra is the reverse pairing. A zorse can’t reproduce and is considered sterile. Zorses are larger than zebras, have a calmer disposition and are more colorful.Zorse

Zorses are easier to handle and larger than zebras so they are often used for riding. Although they are usually domesticated, there are rare instances when they are born wild. Zorses offer a rare balance between horses and zebras.

Allison Price
Allison Price

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!