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Marsha Cassada

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I've been thinking of getting a donkey for a while. Yesterday I found a 10 month old jack. His mother is weaning him and the other two jacks don't want him, so he hasn't bonded with another donkey yet. His name is Willie. If I get him, should I take him immediately to the vet for gelding or bring him home for a week or so first? (My concern is Midnight. I know they would have to be separated for a while, but I'd prefer him not to be too excited at first.)
I've always had trouble with three equines and I'm afraid I am taking on too much. Don't want my heart to take over my head.
 

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As long as you have then split I don't think it would matter if you gelded him right away or gave him a week or so to settle. Why have you had trouble with three? I prefer having three or more out together than just two, it makes it much easier for me to bring one in to work with. Speaking as one who's heart has taken way over for my head, yes get him ❤
 

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The donkey lovers here are going to tell you you need two donkeys. :) I will tell you from experience, donkeys play rough, especially the boys, and your horses may not appreciate it.
 

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The donkey lovers here are going to tell you you need two donkeys. :) I will tell you from experience, donkeys play rough, especially the boys, and your horses may not appreciate it.
I've heard donkeys prefer each other but I've also seen plenty of owners who have their donkeys with other animals and they seem fine. Even with miniature horses. I'm thinking because he is young, if another donkey does not teach him to play rough, maybe he won't be so rough.
But I think I'm deciding against getting Willie. I don't really want to go through the baby stage with an equine right now, and keeping him separate from Midnight for so long could be an issue. And having three seems to take me over the top of what I'm comfortable caring for.
But I did call my vets and ask about gelding. $110 locally. I was told they do require more sedation and they bleed more than horses and have to be watched more carefully after the surgery.
Maybe another donkey will be in my future.
 

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I've had single male donkeys twice in the past. The first had a miniature horse about the same age, and the same sex, and I didn't have any problems, they were best buds. But the second one started off with another young male mini horse, but I sold him and just had my old mare. When he got a little older I had to separate them, he was too rough.
 

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Oh man, so no donkey party for now? 🥳

I brought Shadow home one day and the very next day I had him gelded, poor little guy LOL LOL. Welcome to your new home! 🤣🤣 I had a hussy mare on the other side of the fence, but didn’t have any problems, no babies or anything.

Only you know your limits and if 3 is too many, then 3 is too many. I am at my limits right now so I completely understand that…. But oh the baby stage is sooooo much fun!!😍
 

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Oh man, so no donkey party for now? 🥳

I brought Shadow home one day and the very next day I had him gelded, poor little guy LOL LOL. Welcome to your new home! 🤣🤣 I had a hussy mare on the other side of the fence, but didn’t have any problems, no babies or anything.

Only you know your limits and if 3 is too many, then 3 is too many. I am at my limits right now so I completely understand that…. But oh the baby stage is sooooo much fun!!😍
You are tempting me again...
 

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Hi I highly suggest watching my free youtube video Bringing your donkey home before purchasing a couple of donkeys.
Jacks should become geldings (2) geldings living together is a perfect fit. :) Please check out my website Donkey Whisperer Farm ® for more donkey resources.
 

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We got our mini horse when he was 9 months old then we got an 8 year old feral mini donkey (both 30 inches) and after 30 minutes they were fine together. There were a few bite marks the first month but nothing serious. They both play rough but they have several footballs and other toys. They also play tug-of-war with bamboo stalks. 3 weeks ago we adopted a 9 year old 16hh thoroughbred (he came with a 3 month old emotional support goat) and after 2 days of introductions they are fine together. I do agree with Taz that 3 are easier for pulling one for training. They are all stallions and we have decided not to get any of them gelded but will not breed either. The pony has become very calm and affectionate since getting the TB and in the 8 months the feral donkey is in your pocket halter, lead and liberty trained. We do have separate fields for hay and play time, one for grazing and 2 small turnouts with stalls for one on one time, special feed/meds and rest. I have 3 daughters and they were the same.
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We got our mini horse when he was 9 months old then we got an 8 year old feral mini donkey (both 30 inches) and after 30 minutes they were fine together. There were a few bite marks the first month but nothing serious. They both play rough but they have several footballs and other toys. They also play tug-of-war with bamboo stalks. 3 weeks ago we adopted a 9 year old 16hh thoroughbred (he came with a 3 month old emotional support goat) and after 2 days of introductions they are fine together. I do agree with Taz that 3 are easier for pulling one for training. They are all stallions and we have decided not to get any of them gelded but will not breed either. The pony has become very calm and affectionate since getting the TB and in the 8 months the feral donkey is in your pocket halter, lead and liberty trained. We do have separate fields for hay and play time, one for grazing and 2 small turnouts with stalls for one on one time, special feed/meds and rest. I have 3 daughters and they were the same.
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Love your group! Is the goat neutered? If not you might want to get that done, once the males are mature they pee on themselves to attract females, it smells really bad and they won't stop even if they are neutered at that point. I think it's a boy? If not no worries 😊
 

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Your beautiful groups looks so color coordinated in the photos and also so clean! ;)

A happy group, and they sure keep you busy and out of trouble don’t they? 😊
 
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