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Old 06-01-2016, 12:00 PM
CannyDan CannyDan is offline
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I knew a guy once who had a pair of zebras that he trained to drive. (In equestrian-ese that means pull a cart or something, as a team of horses pulled a stagecoach.) He used to drive them around the farm occasionally. Even more occasionally he would let a passenger or two join him on the cart. The zebras were not very reliable and "a good drive" consisted of a short out-and-back with no runaways and no bucking and no cart overturning.

One of the two would also tolerate a saddle and a rider, sometimes. And for variable iterations of "for a short time".

But these were essentially wild animals. I'm sure they were both captive born. But I'm also sure that only a handful of generations separated them from the savannahs of Africa. I really do not know what might result if zebras were subjected to a rigorous selective breeding program with only the most tractable 1% bred to produce the next generation. Given a forced generation time of only 3 or 4 years (enough time to breed a foal, produce it, raise it enough to make a selection for next breeding, then repeat) it would surely be a long term experiment that might not show significant results in a human lifetime. But all animals we now consider domesticated have been subjected to selection for a lot longer than a human lifetime. So my jury is still out on zebras.