The horse that would be a zebra

2017-10-01 06:00
The book about the horse that ran with zebras

The book about the horse that ran with zebras

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A tale of arguably South Africa’s most bizarre horse will soon hit the shelves.

Called Running Wild: The Story of Zulu, the book by David Bristow is being billed as South Africa’s new Jock of the Bushveld.

It tells the true story of a horse called Zulu, who ran away from his farm in Limpopo.

His owner thought he was gone for good, but kept hearing that his horse had been sighted somewhere or other.

It was four years later that, to his amazement, he discovered his horse among a dazzle (yes, that’s what a herd of zebra is called) of wild zebra.

He was found after being spotted by someone in the local village, as a dark horse among pitse-ya-naga.

To everyone’s astonishment, the horse was able to survive for four years as the alpha male of a zebra dazzle, without contracting any of the deadly diseases that usually affect horses in the area, such as African Horse Sickness.

Although the horse had mated with the zebra, no offspring were ever sighted.

Zulu was a boerperd horse, a cross between the Cape Horse and the thoroughbreds of the Shah of Persia in the late 1700s.

After having been captured following his four-year escapade, the hardy animal with a knack for dominance was unable to stay at Limpopo Horse Safaris as he fought with other horses.

Forgiven for this, he still had to be sent to the Waterberg because he developed health problems.

In the Waterberg, an area he did not know as well as the Limpopo Valley, the horse, so the book goes, spent his time yearning for the zebras before his death.

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