Yesterday when Smokey went down in the pasture, all his herd mates were there, and 1 by 1 they came over by him and sniffed him, then walked off. My old mare, Blaze chased the yearlings back into the barn before they got near him. I know they were curious as to why he was down, but it seemed surreal. Very orderly - like saying good-by. The strange part was when the vet got there, and he was standing there, Cereza pinned her ears and charged at him. I shooed her away, but she came back, even more aggressive - making a wierd noise. I got a halter on her, and had Mike hold her about 10 ft away while the vet gave him the shot. Smokey gave a weak groan when the needle went in, and Cereza started whinning like crazy when she heard him. When Smokey was gone, I took her halter off her and she ran back into the barn. I wonder if she was trying to protect him from the vet? I've never experienced anything like that before. At dinner last night, she would not even let me near her - she would walk away. I feel really bad for Mike - he is trying to be strong for me, but I can see how much he is hurting. Smokey was his best friend who would stand for hours to get his belly rubbed; the horse Mike learned how to ride on; and the fella who listened to all of Mikes' problems. Smokey was bought by us at Pec sale barn over 8 yrs ago when his former owners didn't want him anymore. That was the best money we ever spent.