I have a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats... 2 does, a buck, and a wether. They are not registered, have no pedigree, and I never intend to show them. None of them have horns. One of my does recently kidded, with 2 baby females (yay!), and now it's time to think about disbudding. I am totally inexperienced with such practices as of yet, live inconveniently far from my breeder, and am apprehensive about doing this without assistance. I have convinced myself that dehorning paste is the way to go... I know many of you will gasp, but honestly, there is no way I am going near my babies with a hot iron, and if they get disbudded at all, this is the only way it's happening unless I convince the vet to do it for me. I actually ordered the paste from my local grain store, but in the past week, I've made contact with 3 different families who keep Nigerians, and all of them have horns, and 2 families keep horned and unhorned goats together with no problem. They tell me that the mellow temperment of Nigerians, combined with keeping them as friendly "pet" milk goats, as well as their small stature and their relatively small horns, makes disbudding or dehorning unnecessary. So. Given that I never intend to show my goats, and that I probably will keep my little girl babies (or will sell them locally as pet quality animals since they are not registerable anyway), is it REALLY necessary to dehorn my goats? I've done hours of reading on the pros and cons, and I am leaning toward just letting their horns grow, but I don't want to 1. Make them unsaleable should I want to sell them in the future or 2. Cause potential injury to my other goats/these girls hurting themselves. I don't want to have to de-horn in the future, but if I can, I'd really rather avoid the whole horn prevention/removal thing altogether... all I read about with paste or irons are scurr stories, and I'd rather have horns than scurs. Thoughts? Anyone have Nigerians with horns, or keep horned and unhorned goats together?