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    08-09-2012, 09:40 AM
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I did a pre-purchase on a 3 year old New forest cross Welsh pony. We found out by accident that he has side bone. Is it good/bad? Will it hurt him in the long run? He is barefoot. The Side bone is on both front feet. He is a great pony with much potential, but would you buy him with side bone? He has also shown no signs of lameness. Thanks
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    08-09-2012, 09:53 AM
That's a good question, I'm also curious as I have no experience with horses with side bones.
    08-09-2012, 05:00 PM
This sounds interesting - and what exactly is a side bone? Had to add a question, but I like to learn as much as I can :)
    08-09-2012, 05:38 PM
I'm pretty sure that the definition of a side bone is where the cartilage of the coffin bone extends above the coronary band.
My friend purchased a younger horse with one a few years ago and they're going strong. She jumps a lot and she's never had any problems with him being lame or being in pain.
If you do pursue this pony, you might want to have a vet out to see if it's serious or will cause any future problems (which I'm guessing it won't). That'll also take some worry off of you. Good luck!
    08-09-2012, 10:13 PM
Hmm, 'sidebone' is ossification of the lateral cartilages - the cartilage that extends the 'wings' of P3 back toward the heel & up around the heel area. This happens when the cartilage is damaged, due to concussion & such. It is looked upon as a normal process of ageing because it is so common. It's not generally problematic really either so long as it doesn't inhibit the joints.

But to see this in a 3yo would have me asking more questions. Perhaps it's a conformational thing with him & he was just born with bigger extensions to P3 or such, but perhaps he's been started & worked early.... If you have a good equine vet, hopefully they can give you better answers than that!
    08-09-2012, 10:26 PM
Personally, I would probably not buy the pony. I would definitely ask for more testing from the vet to determine the severity of the sidebone changes though, if I otherwise liked the pony.

From how it was explained to me, sidebone is when the cartilage on the side of the coffin bone is turned hard, basically into bone. It certainly is possible that the pony can go into full time, regular work - and even hard work - but there's too many ponies out there who don't need a health issue managed for me to buy one that does.

Just walk into the situation with open and educated eyes. Get a thorough examination of the sidebone status and consider getting a second opinion. Like I said, the pony may very well turn out to be fine for many years.
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    08-09-2012, 11:03 PM
Thank You all for answering my question :) Learn something new every day! Have to say, I agree with Dancing Arabs. Actually ran into this situation as I horse shopped. Found a horse who was perfect - except for a calcium build in his croup. Loved him, but forced ourselves to move on, and found a better horse in better condition! Don't over limit yourself, bit don't get just anything. ;) Good Luck!
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    08-17-2012, 08:10 AM
Thanks guys!! Sorry it took soo long to get back. I did buy the pony. The vet said that it was only mild/early moderate stage and wouldn't get worse. Thanks for all of your help!!

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