The Differences Between a Horse and a Zebra
What is the difference between a horse and a zebra? Well, they are both animals, but that’s about where the similarities end. Horses come in all shapes and sizes, from different breeds to horses with unique markings like spots or stripes on their back. Zebras have more of an exotic look to them because they only come in black and white stripes. So what else sets them apart? Read on for some interesting differences!
Horses are a popular farm animal. and are used for various things like pulling carts, carrying goods and as a form of transportation. They can also be ridden by people to get from place to place and they produce milk in their breasts which is then made into cheese or other dairy products.
Zebras are mainly found on the African plains and not many places outside Africa. Zebras are herbivores and eat grass, leaves, roots and other plants. They live in herds of around 20 to 30 individuals led by a dominant male who is the only one that mates with all the females in his herd.
The differences between a horse and zebra are many but they also have some similarities! Horses can be used for transportation whereas zebras cannot. Horses are domesticated whereas zebras are not and horses can be ridden by humans, unlike zebras who refuse to let people ride them. Zebras have stripes on their skin which is why they got the name zebra – it means “striped one”.
A horse has a mane of hair around its neck. It has a single hoof on each foot that makes it easier to balance when walking or running and is considered the living fossil of all horses because horse-like animals have been found in fossils as far back as 50 million years ago!
As for zebras, they also have stripes but their skin is not covered by hairs like horses. Zebras have two toes on each foot which is why they are not balanced when walking or running and zebras are very fast runners, able to run up to 60 miles an hour!
Horses also have a lifespan of 20-25 years whereas zebras live about 30-40 years.
Size difference between horses and zebras: is not very noticeable but zebras weigh less than horses because they have a lower body to limb ratio.
Horses have more endurance and are better for longer distances whereas zebras can’t go as long without food or water before getting tired – this is why there would be two different horses in a race: one that will win the distance and the other one for the shorter distance.
Horses have a larger neck and head than zebras, horses can sleep standing up while zebras need to lie down in order to feel comfortable.
Horses eat hay, while zebras prefer to eat grasses or leaves from trees.
Zebras are more social than horses and live in herds. Zebras also have black and white stripes while horses only come as one color – there is a lot of debate about whether or not zebras always have stripes but the truth is that they can change their coats to display different colors but it’s usually going from brownish gray to black or white.
Zebras are endangered and horses aren’t, which is why it’s important to protect zebras as an animal species because they can become extinct if we don’t take care of them.
The only difference that might not be clear from reading this blog post is the fact that zebra hooves have a lot of tough skin that horses don’t have, which is why zebras are able to live in dryer climates while horses need more moisture.
Interesting facts about zebras:
- they have black skin
- their coat can change colors from brown to white, and back again
- zebras are endangered because there is not a lot of water for them in dry climates but horses aren’t at risk
- the only difference between zebra hooves and horse hooves is that zebras’ have tough skin
Interesting facts about horses:
Horses have different colored skin. The skin can range from black and brown to white.
- horses are the only domesticated animal that has five fingers on each front leg, and three toes on each back foot.
- horses also have a hoof that is made up of two parts: an outer skin called the corium which provides protection from injury, and an inner structure containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.
- horses are one of the smartest animals on earth, they can even understand and obey hand signals
Which animal consumes more food in a day?: horses or zebras?
Horses consume more food per day, it is said that a horse can eat up to 12 pounds of hay in a day. Zebras on the other hand only need about two and half pounds of food daily.
Common health problems in zebras:
- zebras are susceptible to a number of diseases and illnesses. These include: leptospirosis, which is an infectious bacterial disease transmitted through contact with the urine of infected animals or humans;
Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, also called zebra meningitis or equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, is a bacterial infection of horses and zebras caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis;
Horses are not as susceptible to diseases. Horses may occasionally be affected by parasites such as equine protozoal myeloencephalitis or leptospirosis.
Common health problems in horses:
- horses can be affected by parasites such as equine protozoal myeloencephalitis and leptospirosis.
Horses are not susceptible to the same diseases that zebras are, but they do sometimes have health problems of their own. Horses may occasionally suffer from a parasitic infection called Equine Protococcal Myeloencephalitis or Leptospirosis.
Horses can also develop colic and gastrointestinal issues quite easily. This can be due to a variety of reasons including ingesting moldy or wet hay, and drinking too much water too fast.
There are many similarities and differences when it comes to horses and zebras. The biggest difference is that zebras can’t be ridden while horses can. It is also important to remember that zebras are an endangered species and need to be protected so as to not go extinct!