Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
Sounds like you're doing everything right indeed! My horses should be so 'spoiled'! LOL!
I hated suggesting putting down the blind horse, I know that otherwise she sounds perfectly healthy. But.... I had a gelding who got run through a fence and when the fence broke (new place hadn't got rid of all the barbed wire yet) it snapped up and blinded one eye. He got so spooky on that one side that it was pretty amazing. He had his one good eye and he adjusted and is just fine now, but had it been both eyes, he'd have forced me to euthanize him because he just wouldn't have been safe to be around. It sounds like your mare is suffering because she's bottom of the pole, so to speak, and just isn't thriving. Maybe not being actively picked on or beat up but not thriving and doing well. Only you can make that call.
I wish you good luck. Don't know why you're being picked on but stubborness and ignorance frequently go hand in hand and that's just plain scary.
LOL I don't consider them spoiled, just loved. They've always had at least the basic care that they required.
When the App went blind, she spent the next 6 months or so in a stall and wouldn't come out no matter how much I enticed her with food, pushed from behind as someone pulled, or just pleaded with her for hours to come out. She has come a long way since then and willingly goes wherever I lead her. But, like you said, despite not being actively picked on, she has failed to thrive. The others don't really interact with her at all, and she sorta hangs out at the edges of their circle.
It's funny you should mention ignorance. When the AC supervisor came out the first time and was taking notes on names, breeds, etc. The mares were coming up the hill to where we were - 2 bay TBs, a brown QH and the flaxen chestnut roan app pony (she's 13 hands btw). She asked me if the app was a TB too and then asked what color she was, when I answered, she questioned that! You're here, investigating me, and have to ask such simple questions you should already know...