Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest
Mini Donks as Horse Companions
So my quiet 15 yo standardbred mare needs a friend now that I've moved her home from the stable where I boarded her. She actually does fairly well by herself, although she gets a little antsy when the local coyotes howl sometimes at night. She was pretty much at the bottom of the mare herd pecking order where she was boarded. I'm not sure, but I don't think she really likes horse geldings because she was constantly giving her gelding neighbors the pinned-ears cranky face, lol.
Given our smaller acreage and the fact that my husband likes donkeys much better than ponies and regular minis, I was thinking a larger mini donkey might fit the bill for my girl. I found a local breeder who has a large selection of very friendly mini donks for sale.
I want to try my best to pick one out that she will get along with, so initially I thought I would get a jenny, but I'm finding that most of the jennys the breeder wants to sell are obviously for sale due to very senior age or major conformation problems. The geldings, on the other hand, are younger and more conformationally in line.
Does conformation really matter when picking out a non-working companion? And as far as pecking order between horses and donkeys, do you think it will make much of a difference to my mare whether I get a gelding or a jenny? Is there any other advantage to choosing one over the other? Anything else to look out for?