If you've seen the two-parter episode that ended season 4 of My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic, then you remember how Lord Tirek consumed the magic of the ponies, all of it, which meant that the ponies (presumably) lost their collective ability to control nature and the environment. Of course in the end Twilight defeated him, everypony gets their magic back, and peace returns to the land, everyone gets to eat strawberries and cream, etc.
But I've been wondering -- what about the non-pony races of Equestria? Like the griffins, or the Diamond Dogs, or the dragons and minotaurs and whoever else has showed up so far? Tirek did nothing to them (that we saw), were they as bothered by his 'conquer the ponies and remove their power over nature' plan as the ponies themselves?
My own take for my stories (admittedly all but completely unsupported in canon) is that non-pony races tend to form something like 'reservations' or 'autonomous regions' within Equestria, living in small areas that are mostly members of non-pony races (griffins, etc.) mostly under their own laws and leadership. I rather doubt they experience any normal day to day trouble with the ponies, but there must still be the knowledge in the back of their minds that they are surrounded by a country ruled by two living goddesses, whose ordinary citizens can control the environment. If the ponies WANTED to, they could send any sort of destructive weather into their homelands; or use magic to do who-knows-what ("Ponies use their unicorn witchcraft to control our leaders! They use it to cause every accident that hurts us!"); and the earth ponies can control and influence plants and animals -- something worrisome to farmers and herders. (And in my stories, with the recently-rediscovered wolves, it's even worse. They lack even the powers granted griffins and dragons and such, or the tool use of Diamond Dogs [though they do have some ability to manipulate objects, think forepaws more like a raccoon's paw than an Earthly wolf's] and are basically Stone Age savages living on the fringes of the civilized pony world)
Of course I work on the basis that the ponies don't do any of those things normally, being typically rather gentle souls, but not everyone believes that in-setting. And even the ones that do still know that, even if the ponies never turn nature itself against them, they could. And the ensuing 'fight' would be over in about a day.
And the griffins and the rest know it.
So if someone came along who suddenly stripped all that mighty magic away from the ponies... Someone who brought them 'down to earth' and took away the "monstrously unfair advantages" they have, up to and including the princesses... Someone made them as weak and mortal as everyone else...
Were the griffins and dragons and all the rest afraid, or were they cheering Tirek on?