No, not really
Actually it’s for the other Z.
These little stripey horses look spectacular and over the years many people have tried to train them in the same way as one would train ordinary domesticated horses. They met with limited success, because the domestic equine has been selectively bred for 8000 years not just for strength speed and stamina but for tractability.
Zebras are still too close to the wild to be handled like a horse and despite rumours that Roman emperors travelled in chariots pulled by zebras there is little evidence to support this. On very few occasions a zebra has been taken from the wild young enough to be a useful draft beast or saddle mount and they have still been difficult to control and likely to spook.
This gentleman, a doctor based in Nairobi, used his saddle-zebra to visit patients outside the city.
And that’s it for this year’s A to Z challenge, which I didn’t manage to fulfill anywhere near as well as I hoped. Thanks to everyone who has visited my blog and thanks to all the other bloggers who have joined in. Your blogs have been exciting, amusing and inspiring and I haven’t managed to read as many as I wished and have commented to still fewer.