Zebras Doing Horse Work
It may be easier to use a plain old horse to ride or pull a cart. Horses are a species with a long history domestication, and herd animals that stay in groups even when startled, which makes them so much easier to herd, train, and handle. Zebra will tend to scatter when pursued and can be extremely intractable. But let's face it -- for extra style points, you just can't beat a zebra!
They are certainly more challenging to train, but plenty of people seem to have tackled the job.
Osa Johson, and her husband Martin, were well-known explorers. Osa is shown here in Africa riding her trained zebra (1930).
More recent examples include"
- Sammi Jo Stohler (2011)
- Shea Inman (2011)--see video below.
In a picture dating from around 1930 we see circus owner Clifton Sparks, his son Clifton Sparks junior and his granddaughter on the back of a zebra.
The Sparks family ran the Sparks Circus from 1889 to 1931. The show was founded by John Sparks and continued by his sons Charles and Clifton. The Sparks circus was known to be free of gambles and cons, and to put on a good show.
Zebras Pulling Carriages
Or for a change of pace, you can train zebras to pull carriages.
Rothschild kept a large collection of animals and specimens. He was known to hitch one or as many as four zebras to draw carriages.
This picture from around 1915 shows a zebra pulling a carriage in Brixton (United Kingdom). This zebra was used to promote the show of music hall artist Mr. Gustav-Grais.
- 1931: United States--Pulling a milk wagon (video below).
- 1919: Helpers Without Hands by Gladys Davidson