My mare Amira who is 19 , a half Arabian and half Danish sports pony is beginning to cause unrest and disharmony in the paddock .
We had the vet call last month for yearly vaccinations and she checked Amira because she has an old injury on a hind leg which swells now and again , she has also had Rosen in the same leg, Amira I also showing early signs of impaired sight, with a Grey tint over her eyes.
With all of this we have prepared for the worst and have agreed with the vet that as soon as Amira cannot follow with the flock because of either her leg or her sight or both then she will be given rest.
( put down ).
She is extremely dominant over the others in the flock, she gets increasingly protective over hay in the paddock.
If I have my trailer in the paddock and want to train with one of the others she runs them off, keeping them away from the trailer and keeping them for herself.
She stands alone a lot, gets upset when another approaches her, and so on.
The others play together, and are very harmonious .
I know that she is the leader and should keep the others in check but I feel that she goes overboard at times and wonder if her behavior is caused by the fact that she is not fully healthy.?
She eats and drinks well, is very sweet around people .
Of course it would break my heart to put her down, but if she is stressed because of the injury and her sight then it would be better for her... Wouldn't it ??
Any thoughts on this anybody?.