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Zebras Doing Horse Work

Updated on July 5, 2015

It may be easier to use a horse to ride or pull a cart. They are a species with a long history domestication, and herd animals that stay together even when chased, which makes them so much easier to train and handle. Zebra will tend to scatter when pursued.

But let's face it -- for extra style points, you just can't beat a zebra!

Riding Zebras

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).

But, taking it one step further, MrsAlice Hayes rode her zebra sidesaddle (also shown in an engraving here).

More recent examples include"



An unknown Englishman pictured riding a zebra over a jump (~1890) is shown right.

Rosendo Ribeiro, a doctor, was known to get around on zebra-back (1907).

More recent examples include:

Three generations of the Sparks family
Three generations of the Sparks family | Source


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.

Walter Rothschild

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).

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      What a unique and so interesting hub.

      I love anything to do with animals/nature etc.and this one was a treat .

      I now look forward to reaing many more by you.

      Take care and have a great day,