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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:55 AM
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Why can't we ride Zebras like horses
I mean they too are a horse like creature, it probably wouldn't be that difficult to tame them and ride them like horses. I want a pet Zebra that I can ride as a horse!!
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:00 AM
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1. I'm guessing
probably the same reason that people have dogs as pets but not wolves - too difficult to domesticate.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:03 AM
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2. ~
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:44 AM
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8. Well there ya go. Take a trip down to Texas. Lots of horsey people there.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:09 AM
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3. How about a zorse?
half zebra/ half horse

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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:45 AM
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10. Wow, not bad. We know whose fault that is.
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zonkers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:13 AM
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4. Ha.
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SCantiGOP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:21 AM
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5. zebras can't be trained
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:45 AM
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9. Have you tried? If you haven't then perhaps you shouldn't pass judgement
SO THERE!

:loveya:
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:47 AM
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11. If you can load the video in post #2, it'll be interesting. I was surprised myself.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:49 AM
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13. I'm at work so perhaps someone could share the play-by-play
:cry:
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:09 AM
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17. It's a woman training a very docile zebra to accept all kinds of riders. The zebra is behaving just
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 10:10 AM by freshwest
Like any other horse. The area looked familiar and on the comments the video maker said she lives northwest of Houston, Texas. She saddles, rides and takes the gelded zebra through its paces.

Some of the commenters thought she was inexperienced but she replied she was intentionally being clumsy on the zebra to get it ready for the variety of riders the zebra would be giving. She even stands up on the saddle and the animal's okay with it.

I always thought that zebras had a stronger instinct to resist being mounted due to their survival instinct kicking is as they are prey animals and that's how it all starts, then they're some lion's dinner.

I suspect being gelded and probably being imprinted with humans at birth had a lot to do with that zebra's willingness to be ridden.

Lynne, he doesn't look like that good a ride, though. More in the line of riding a burro, I'd think.

:shrug:
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:21 AM
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6. Some people ride zebras every sunday.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:49 AM
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12. Don't you mean some people *are* zebras everyday? I need to wake up...
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:25 AM
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22. You've never seen someone screaming at a ref?
nt
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:30 AM
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26. Uh, that't not my version of a ride... But it takes all kinds...
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:31 AM
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7. .


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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:05 PM
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34. See also...
The movie "Racing Stripes". As far as I can tell, that's a real zebra, and not a horse painted to look like a zebra.

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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:10 PM
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35. And people say there's nothing to be learned from the Classics.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:56 AM
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14. Because we can't figure out if they're black with white stripes, or white with black stripes
The riders get all dizzy counting the stripes and fall off.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:12 AM
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18. I'll buy that one. Check below for your pay.
:donut:
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:25 AM
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21. Mmmmm... donut...
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:02 AM
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15. Amazing zebra facts from my recent South Africa trip.
Zebra stripes are like finger prints. None are alike.

The reason for the stripes is that in a herd, individuals are confusing to predators.
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HappyMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:02 AM
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16. Being chased by
a lion or 2 may have put the kabosh on it.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:20 AM
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19. I've heard that they are more stubborn and less gentle than horses. IMO most horses need Prozac. nt
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:23 AM
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20. IMO most humans need Prozac
Just saying...
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:29 AM
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25. Yeah, can't argue with that. nt
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:41 AM
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27. Some RX have been found in reservoirs that supply drinking water:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336286,00.html

I remember a story saying that the level of Prozac was high in the water supply around Dallas, Texas...

:boring:

That's one way to get compliance...
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:26 AM
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23. I think I read about this in Guns, Germs and Steel
or it could be somewhere else.

Anyway, zebras have existed since before humans. Humans came along and started eating things. Large, delicious things like zebras. The zebras that survived seem to recorgnize how delicious they are any have strong instincts to stay away from us.

Humans left africa about 100-150,000 years ago and started taming things after that. There are no tame large animals from africa (sheep, pigs, horses, cows) but these seem to be an asian thing.

Ever wonder why there are few large animals left in the Americas compared to Africa. There was a great extinction when human got here. Things that survived don't like us much (grizzlies, bison, moose).
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LeftinOH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:27 AM
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24. From what I've read, the usual reasons include: Their backs are not strong
enough to support a human rider for sustained periods of time *and* they're pretty aggressive; they bite hard.
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:04 AM
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42. Zebras are not built all that differently than early horses were
Humans have spent a few thousand years selectively breeding horses to be better for human use.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:42 AM
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28. Or Unicorns, for that matter, right?
:hi:
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Graybeard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:43 AM
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29. Sheena: Queen of the Jungle
In the 1984 film, starring Tanya Roberts, Sheena is supposed to ride a zebra through the jungle but it sure looks like a pony with a really bad striped paint job. (btw this movie is on the Golden Raspberry 100 Worst list.)
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:57 AM
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30. I don't know where you get your information from
But I'm pretty sure horses do not ride zebras.
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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:13 AM
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31. because they are too mean
there is a really long video that has a part 1 and a part 2, and the answer is in the shorter part 2 video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D37sWHgxPFc&feature=rela...
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:15 AM
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32. 'Cause they'd flag us for unsportsmanlike conduct?
:shrug:
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:35 AM
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33. Geez, first it's a snow leopard, then a penguin, then a zebra!
Go to the zoo, fercryinoutloud.

:hi:

Bake
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:24 PM
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36. You forgot the kangaroo!
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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 06:57 PM
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37. you forgot anteater
red panda, seal, beaver and otter.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:50 PM
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41. you missed bats
I wanted a baby bat

can I help it that I :loveya: animals
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:05 PM
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38. Zebras are actually a type of horse
I remember that from a tape on horses my nephew had when he was little.

So it must be we just don't think the stripes are "cool."
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:24 PM
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39. you just want a striped pony
ADMIT IT
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:42 PM
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40. Leave the Zebras Alone Why Dontcha!
PUUHHHLEEASSE
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:10 AM
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43. Because, every time you jump on one of those striped mother-fuckers....
A HUGE Hippo is going to leap up and eat your ass.
And Mr. or Mrs. Black and White too.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:18 AM
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44. I saw a movie called Racing Stripes and they had a talking zebra you wouldn't believe
An abandoned zebra (voice of Frankie Muniz) grows up believing he is a racehorse, and, with the help of his barnyard friends and a teenage girl (Hayden Panettiere), sets out to achieve his dream of racing with thoroughbreds.

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Graybeard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:42 AM
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48. See photo at reply #34. n/t
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:33 AM
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45. Some of us do.
We just don't tell everyone about it.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:36 AM
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46. This may not answer that question, but it will answer many other more serious questions.
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:26 AM
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47. On the Island of Misfit Toys
Cowboys ride ostriches.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:10 AM
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49. Why can't you be more like your sister?

Sorry...couldn't resist.


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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:24 AM
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50. which is ironic since I don't have a sister
:rofl:
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:30 AM
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51. Your first cousin, then. nt
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