A large QH pony has a history of mild intermittent lameness in the front, never more then a grade .5 , Vet suspects navicular syndrome.
The pony is considered serviceably sound by it's owner, and the pony's child rider is doing very well with the pony.
One day the pony comes in more lame then usual, the vet is called and recommends bars shoes with wedge pads, and tying the pony on isoxsuprine.
Pony responds to the treatment positively and becomes completely sound for the first time ever.
Pony then discovers that being completely pain free means that he can tear around the pasture at a full gallop and do various acrobatics until he pulls off both new front bar shoes.
Also, pony is now becoming a handful for his young rider and throws her when her trainer attempts to teach her to ride the now more energetic pony with more assertiveness.
Owner and farrier then struggle over the next several months to keep shoes on pony, including modifying shoes, trim, and living in bell boots, but in the end pony is placed in a small dry lot to prevent running, this solution works, but it's not ideal because one of the other horses has to be placed in an adjacent dry lot to keep pony company (or pony will scream and pace and become soaked with sweat), and horses are constantly being rotated to keep pony company and it's becoming a royal PITA for the barn staff.
BM wants pony back the way it was before, owner feels good that pony is now pain free, rider is learning to handle riding a more energetic mount, but there are still some concerns that pony may no longer the ideal pony for the rider to be learning on.
Owner does not want to sell pony, and pass shoeing problem onto someone else.
Umm, well the Barn Manager's suggestion to return the pony to a life of pain so that she is no longer hassled by turnout rotation is not an acceptable one.
How about a half-lease with a more confident rider, even if it's free? Sometimes naughty ponies just need someone to get on and kick their butt a bit to make them behave. Is there a teen rider at the barn who is little enough to be comfortable on the pony but skilled enough to make him behave? I think someone capable riding him even twice a week will make the younger girl's lessons greatly improved.