Are Horses Bigger Than Zebras

Ellen Grant
• Tuesday, 08 December, 2020
• 7 min read

Get ready for some amazing facts about horses and zebras ! They are all living in Africa (no zebras on other continents except in zoos) and they belong to the “Equine family of the Equus genus”.

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All zebras that we find today have stripes all over the body. It was very common in South Africa and it was often described as a horse and zebra hybrid.

You cannot train and teach a zebra to be ridden like a horse. We find a very different type of animal with the zebra when it comes to domestication.

This all has to do with the herd mentality among horses which would don’t find to the same extent with zebras. Among a group of horses, we will always have the leading alpha male which is the leader of the flock.

They do move around in groups but that’s more because there are obvious benefits than because they follow the leader of the flock. As we looked at above, the horse’s legs are longer and it also enables it to run quite a lot faster than the zebra.

The seating area of the horse where you mount the saddle is also very different build on the zebra. Zebras don’t have the wither which is where the neck of the horse begins.

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Some people believe that zebras are faster than horses, but they are wrong. As you can see below horses are faster than zebras and there’s a good physical explanation for that.

Zebras are typically around 5 feet (1.5 meters) from the shoulder to the hoof. The horse, on the other hand, is more like 5.5 feet (1,68 meters) from the shoulder to the hoof.

Horses have long beautiful manes that can be braided in many ways. They zebras have much shorter mane hair and it’s stiffer too.

As you can see from the picture above, the mane of the zebra is standing up and looks much more like that of a Donkey. We all know that a horse will neigh and you can also hear this sound among a flock of zebras.

The zebra can also produce a barking-type sound that is more similar to that of a smaller dog. The horse has the perfect back for mounting a saddle.

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There is a tiny bump where the horse withers is but nothing to support the saddle or keep the rider in place. The dip is also absent and that makes it very hard to ride the zebra even if they had the temper for it.

We will look a lot more at why it’s almost impossible to domesticate and train a zebra in the next section. They will both kick a fellow stallion if they are provoked They both have hoofs that are similar They sleep standing up.

They are both herbivores and will eat primarily herbs, leaves, and grass in the wild. Other than that, they have an obvious list of commonalities when you look at how they are built and how they move.

They are obviously closely related, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article. They all belong to the Equus family tree and zebras are directly related to horses whereas donkeys are one branch farther away from horsesthanzebras are.

Zebras are a more homogenous species than horses because we have been breeding horses in any way possible. But zebras are still taller than some smaller horse breeds.

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Since we have a MUCH better track record of teaching tricks and good manners to horses than to zebras it is believed that horses are more intelligent. So it’s quite hard to tell whether they are intelligent enough to do much else than just living their life on the African Savannah.

Remember, they are very aggressive and people have not managed to domesticate them in any way or to ride them. The Equine family again belongs to the Perissodactyla order, that includes Tapirs and Rhinos as well.

Both zebras and horses belong to the Equine family, but they are a different species. In fact, there are three different species of zebra: plains, mountain and Gravy’s.

Just like horses, zebras are herd animals and spend most of their day grazing. A Zebra’s unique black and white striped coat pattern is thought to be a natural defense against predators.

Additionally, due to selective breeding, horses are much easier to ride and are more tamed than zebras. Baffin Leslie, an 18-year-old dwarf riding a zebra called Jimmy across a road in Berkshire, England.

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Zebras tend to be much smaller than horses, generally ranging in height from 10-13 hands high. They have Mohawk manes, short tails, flat backs and long ears, making them more like donkeys than horses.

Zebras tend to be more aggressive and unpredictable than horses, so it is not always practical or humane to tame them. Not only are they more difficult to work with than horses, they do not have an ideal build for being ridden due to their flatter backs.

Famed American explorer, filmmaker and author OSA Johnson rode zebras on multiple occasions while travelling through Africa with her husband during the early 1900s. Horse trainer and veterinarian Horace Hayes travelled extensively for his work with wife Alice.

During their time in Africa in the late 1800s, Horace trained a zebra for his wife to ride. Alice claimed the zebra was too headstrong and would not make a good mount for a lady rider.

A zebra and horse mix is called a horse, which can also be referred to as a zeroed. They tend to have a calmer disposition than zebras, but they often have the defining stripes of a zebra, though their coats vary more in color.

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If you have been to the zoo or turned on the Discovery Channel for a while you have seen zebras and more than likely seen horses. Horses hooves are larger and softer than that of a zebra.

Zebras make different sounds one of them being similar to barking where horses and donkeys are unable too Horses where they are easy to domesticate and “break” zebras are next to impossible. Where zebras can withstand some cold temperatures but their coats don’t grow long like that of a horse.

Zebras are built to outmaneuver their predators and do so by running in a zigzag pattern. Even long distance horses would outlast the zebra if both were in the same shape.

That’s not to say a zebra can be more agile since it is smaller which is how they stay away from their predators by zigzagging. This doesn’t happen naturally so it requires human help in the matter.

The results are either what is called a horse or zebra based on the characteristics it more closely follows with the zebra and horse. The answer is both because it depends on which species of zebra it is and there happens to be three in total.

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All three do belong to the horse family Equine, but in terms of the eye test the above is true. A horse is much faster than a zebra clocking in at a max of just about 55 miles per hour when zebras max out at 40 miles per hour.

So a horse will outrun a zebra if it is in good enough shape. Both horses and zebra’s are what happens after breeding a horse with a zebra.

If you haven’t heard zebras look it up on YouTube it is amazing the sound they make when they bark and will surprise you compared to the sound a horse makes. Basically zebras and horse split into two species some 4 to 5 million years ago.

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