What do a Zebra and a Grand Prix Dressage horse have in common?

By: Horse Deals

What do a Zebra and a Grand Prix Dressage horse have in common?
What do a Zebra and a Grand Prix Dressage horse have in common?

Answer – They are both part of the fabulous range of equines for sale on Horse Deals.

Something Stripy

While browsing through the classifieds on Horse Deals, you might be mistaken for doing a double take when you come across a zebra.  Currently resident at an educational rare breeds farm in Dorset, Dot.com, or Dot for short, is looking for a new home where he can enjoy secure turnout and the company of other equines. 

His owner, Chris says "Dot truly is a one in a million zebra.  He is so gentle and has such a willing and trainable temperament.  He is definitely a rare find and it will be heart-breaking to see him go". 

She adds "Our boy LOVES donkeys and also our Welsh pony mare. He currently has a zeedonk and a Welsh pony as companions, but has also lived very happily with our little standard donkey Delilah. We keep him with friendly ponies/donkeys so that it seems normal for him to come up for handling with the others. Strangely, every horse and donkey on the farm seems to love Dot and want to talk to him. None have ever shown aggression towards him even if they don’t as individuals get on particularly well with their own kind!"

 Zebras can get stressed and are prone to stomach ulcers if isolated. They need a low protein diet – much like donkeys, and they enjoy grazing, but grass must be restricted.  Barley straw and good hay can be supplemented for fibre and they will need various vitamin supplements through winter.

Zebras can and have been ridden and pulled carts – again it’s all down to temperament. The average zebra goes back to his wild roots and assumes anything getting on his back is something that is trying to eat him, but with careful patient handling some can learn to accept this and even enjoy it. 

To keep a zebra you need a special "Dangerous Wild Animal" licence from your local council. This involves having you paddock inspected by a vet and ensuring that you have the correct height (must be at least 6 feet) and strength of fence to keep them in, as well as adequate shelter, water and knowledge of their diet etc. You must also have checked with your own vet that they would be happy to treat a zebra as a patient.  The licence costs around £200 and lasts for 2 years. You will also require public liability insurance. 

Zebras are very different to domesticated equines and Dot’s owners will only be letting him go to a thoroughly vetted home.  

Grand Prix Great

Another extraordinary equine currently featured on the Horse Deals website is Grand Prix dressage horse, Dzhin. 

The extremely talented, 14 year old, Latvian Warmblood is a top competition prospect for any professional.  Trained in all the movements including classic passage and piaffe, he is sure to take any serious rider to the top of their field.

He already has an excellent competition record including recent prize winning success in a 2011 CDI-W.