06/10/2011 AT 4:30 PM ET
Are those racing stripes on that horse? Wait, that’s not a horse, it’s a zebra who can jump!
Having worked as a horse trainer since the age of 14, Sammi Jo Stohler was looking to move on to an animal a little more challenging.
“I’ve always wanted to see a zebra jump,” she told PEOPLE Pets of how she began working with the exotic animals 10 years ago. “I thought that would be a really fun thing to do.”
Enter Zack, a 6-year-old zebra that came into Stohler’s possession two years ago when his previous owner was having difficulty training him.
“The guy I got him from was really having trouble with him,” she said. “He did not like strangers. He wouldn’t let people come up to him.”
But as fate would have it, Stohler soon discovered that she was originally supposed to have welcomed Zack into her Willis, Texas home much earlier.