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At what age do you geld a mini donk?

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    01-14-2013, 03:52 PM
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Green Broke
At what age do you geld a mini donk?

Well ill give a quick background and get on with my questions.

I rescued a 16 yr old Shetland-miniX from Camelot and he ended up constantly mounting my mare. I had testosterone tests run and everything came back fine so we assume he was proud cut or gelded late. I ended up finding him a new 'geldings only' home and he's been great!

So a friend of mines friend has a 3 yr old mini donk for $300 that I went and took a look at today and he's literally like a dog.

Anyway, the girl who had him before bought him from a breeder and raised him in her garage and then turned him out with two horses. A mare and gelding. He was a jack then and still young. He never tried mounting or anything. He was then turned out with only a gelding and gelded at 1 1/2. He's 3 now.

What's the normal age to geld? Does he still have the potential to act 'studdish' even though he was turned out with a mare before when he was young?

I'm nervous to take him on as he hasn't been turned out with mares besides when he was young so who knows if he'll mount my mare. I'm hoping like hell that he won't.

Input appericiated!
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    01-14-2013, 09:58 PM
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I think as long as the fish are in the kettle he can be gelded any time. I would speak to your vet or the vet you plan to have perform the procedure to confirm.
     
    01-14-2013, 10:00 PM
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Gelding can be done as soon as both drop up into teens.
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    01-14-2013, 10:18 PM
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Oh no, he's already gelded! He was gelded at 1 1/2 and he's 3 now. I was just kinda wondering if 1 1/2 was late to geld..
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    01-14-2013, 10:34 PM
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Ha ha I am sorry I misread things. 1 1/2 is not late to geld a horse/ or donkey its about average for non-breeding stock. I would guess his behavior is the result of being with a mare who flatly does not care what he does. Another mare might take offense and correct him a bit.

I don't think its the result of being with a mare. My gelding was with mares a young horse, even covered a mare as a yearling (broke through the fence. The mare got regumate and he got gelded). I have not seen him mount any other mares. The mares he is with would soundly trounce him for trying. Some mares just don't care.
     
    01-14-2013, 10:38 PM
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Green Broke
Let me clarify. I was just wondering if 1 1/2 was late to geld because I wanted to know how likely the chances would be of him acting 'studdish'. I'm just overly paranoid cause the mini I rescued was gelded late and always mounted my mare constantly.

This mini donk hasn't been with a mare since he was a baby jack. (Probably around a year old he was still intact too and didnt mount)

He hasn't been with a mare sence but was just wondering if 1 1/2 was late to geld and if so how probably would it be of him acting studdish. So far we don't think he'll do anything but being he hasn't been with a mare since he was young I was just wondering. I guess well see when I turn him out!
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