Getting rid of the dominant herd member
I'm seriously considering selling our pony, Ogre. My girls hardly ever ride him anymore and I'm too busy with Stella and Luna to drive him anymore. He's also pretty aggressive toward Stella keeping her from her share of hay and not letting her in the barn in bad weather. I'm wondering how other herd members typically react to their leader's absence. Stella will not do anything without Ogre's "permission". I have just sat and watched them and he really controls her every move and she's more than willing to accept it. I understand that's just the dynamics of their herd, but I'm worried about the two of them (especially Stella) being basket cases if he's gone. Will one them eventually assume the roll as leader?
Stella - sweet, timid, elegant, lovely, lively, amazing
Luna - large, unattractive, naughty, adored