A Jack is a male donkey intact he can reproduce and thinks about this event over and over in his mind. A John has been gelded surgically altered, turned into a gelding in the horse world he is called a gelding, a male equine that has no interest in reproduction events at all. Working with Stallions (horses) and Jacks is no easy matter and should never be taken lightly by a novice donkey owner especially when Jennies (female) donkeys are nearby and in heat.
Why Should I Geld My Jack?
Geldings make excellent pets and can live comfortably with another gelding with no violent issues of fighting, geldings are clownish in behavior. Traits of a couple of happy geldings can be seen in the pasture, playing tug with a jolly ball, rubber grain bowl, grooming, biting the neck, playing leap frog (no sexual actions) just play, tag, eating, drinking and sleeping together. Jacks can be sweet for months and then in one second become violent as they have testosterone they are the king of their world. If you decide to put a gelding in with a jenny (female) the gelding can penetrate and violently grab her neck when the jenny is in estrus. Females should live with females and geldings with geldings in accordance to size being fair and diet. A jack will breed its mother, sister and any family female donkey available at very young age making deformed babies and in many cases death, deformed limbs and health issues in the immune system. Jacks should become geldings unless you are a professional breeder registering your donkeys and proving the family heritage. Read Long Ears Journal.
Leaving a donkey as a jack (stallion horse world) should be left to the professional breeders. Very few donkeys have perfect health, limbs, conformation and personality to become registered breeders. Making sure that the gene poll of a large amount of jacks and jennies to avoid in-line breeding is not only responsible it commands the respect and money of buying a registered donkey. Before you make the decision to become a professional breeder I highly suggest doing your homework. Register donkeys with the American Donkey Association. Last reason jacks are very difficult to re-home if you decide you do not want this donkey anymore.
What Age Should My Baby Donkey or Horse Be Gelded?
Six or seven months or when the donkey testicles drops is usually the best age, please work with your vet for each individual plan. Read my blog Five Questions To Ask Your Vet Before Drugs and Gelding. Avoid gelding when the weather is too hot or too cold. Can I geld an older donkey safely? Yes if your vet has experience gelding donkeys. The best pain medication for a donkey is banamine not bute. Again, I am not a Vet and I share information as I have experienced over the last seventeen years helping you make the best informative decisions.
Please do not worry about gelding your donkey. This is an easy procedure if the vet has experience and education. A donkey who is forced to live as a jack lives a life in isolation and has a difficult time finding a forever home.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!