What Horses and Zebras Have in Common

Many people incorrectly think of zebras as striped horses.  There are a lot of similarities but also some significant differences between horses and zebras.

Horses and Zebras are hindgut Herbivores.

Horses and zebras are herbivores that are hindgut fermenters; this means they only eat plants, and the extraction of energy from cellulose or fiber occurs in the animals' cecum and colon.

Horses and Zebras are prey animals.

In the wild, there are predators and prey animals, horses and zebras are prey animals. For prey animals to survive, they have to avoid being captured by predators.

Horses and Zebras have long heads and similar teeth.

Horses and zebras have large heads with long nasal bones. And they both use their front teeth to nip off the tops of grass and then move the food to their back to crush and grind it before swallowing.

Horses and Zebras have Manes.

The mane of a horse or zebra provides shade on hot sunny days and insulates the horse’s neck on cold days, plus it acts as a fly screen. Manes also shields the animal's neck from a predator's bite, and long forelocks shade its eyes from the sun and insects.

Horses and Zebras are Fast.

Horses and zebras have long thin legs and powerful hindquarters, they are built to run fast to outrun predators. Racehorses have been clocked running 55 miles per hour, and zebras can run over 40 miles per hour.