Actually zebras and donkeys are more alike than zebras and horses and a zorse is not a donkey zebra cross but a horse/zebra cross. My geuss is that they are hardier and a little tougher animal. Probably a bit more flighty at first due to the zebra but the zebra would be the line to make it a healthier equine making it more durable and able to survive on less amounts of food and water, while the flight or fight instinct would also be stronger as the plains of Africa arent for the weak. The horse or donkey side of the animal would possibly dilute some of the amplified flight or fight and give it a more proper comformation for fitting of a saddle. They have actually been breeding these for at least 15 years or more on a regular basis. It is probably a steril animal as a donkey/horse cross is incapable of producing offspring. The only time that possible health issues might arise if there were health issues with the mare or stallions used to make the cross which you wouldnt want to do that anyway even if breeding horse/horse or donkey/donkey. Such as extremley faulty legs or a badly out of balance equine. Then again it would depend on the type of horse if using a horse because confirmation differs from breed to breed. Hybrids arent always a red flag in horses, many old timers wouldnt dream of using a horse for some jobs and insisted on mules as they indeed hardier and usually more surefooted and need less food than a horse and are many times stronger pound for pound. Watch a team of draft mules pull a weight sled and see how they work sometime.
well actualy to tell you the truth I have no idea what the health problems are with this animal. but with all cross breeding there is going to be lots of health problems and if ya'll would like, I will find out some more info on the health problems.
but I was just asking if you guys think this is ok for people to be breading these animals? I don't I think that it's sad.
Cant find any health problems associated with them but I did read that they have been breeding them since the 1800's for their endurance in Africa. So this is nothing new. Mules dont have anymore health issues than horses and Zorses dont have anymore health issues than any other Equine. I went to college for Equine Managment and Husbandry.
Wow since the 1800's that's a really long time. I also looked but could only find that people have been having bad issues with aggression with these animals. I thought that they would have had more health issues involving this breed. Due to having different species breed. But apparently they're chromosomes are almost the same.
I find it interesting that I just havenít herd of this until now.
I was taken back when seeing this cross, but I guess it was going to happen at some point and it looks like it has been going on for some time. I think what readers need to understand is that in the equine world cross breeding is used a lot to help attain a desired horse that fits in with the activities you want to pursue with it. I agree that a donkey is a hardy animal, as is a mule. I have had the pleasure of ridding a mule and I must say it was sure-footed and smart. Not to put down horses, for witch I love, but this animal was the only one out of 12 horses that would move out of the 30+ heat wave to get into the shade while tied to a hitching post. He walked around the post to the other side so his whole body was in the shade while the horses just stood where placed and never moved to the cooler area. The woman who owned him asked if I wanted to try riding the mule instead of one of the horses. I jumped on the chance, he was not bull headed as I expected and very quick to respond to my commands. Most trail animals are so desensitized to leg movements and their mouths ruined and not to forget that he also acted like I weighed nothing on his back. So I guess a zebra mixed with donkey makes for a very sturdy animal with the ability to work with heavy loads while being sure footed.
Well take a look at this link. It may not be horses, donkeys, zebras or mules. But a bear mix that happened in nature. I was shocked to hear about this. I am half Inuit and have never seen something like that. I just hope it does not keep spreading further or we will have no more polar bear.
Wow. Thatís strange. I never thought a polar bear and a grizzly could produce offspring. Due to the fact that they never get along with each other. Wow I hope that this never happens again and the polar bears go extinct, or something along the lines of that.