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Would you buy a horse with side bone?

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There’s a mare that has been used in western and English pleasure and trail up for sale. She’s 11, 15.2 hands, and stocky. They’re wanting $3,000 for her. She’s registered and she has some great pleasure bloodlines. They say that the only problem with the side bone is she can’t do small circles for long periods of time or go fast on hard surfaces or else she’ll get sore. The vet has cleared her as sound for riding though, what do you all think? I would use her as a trail horse and for mounted orienteering. I’m also willing to invest in hoof protection if needed for the rougher trails.
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“11 year old APHA beautiful blood bay mare. I have owned her for 4 years. I used her for trail riding and then bred her twice and have 2 gorgeous fillies. She has super smooth gaits. Excellent ground manners. After being off for 3 years got back on and started riding like it was yesterday. Great with feet, I barefoot trim and ride with boots if it is rocky. Had her teeth done and up to date on all shots. I pony my babies off of her. She does trail obstacles - crosses bridges, walks through water, picks her way through rocks and is good with hides. She is big and stout - 15.2. Loads in the trailer by herself. No buck or rear. She is looking for a new trail riding job. No maintenance needed. She has really nice pleasure breeding - Ratchett, Im a Big Leaguer, Zips Chocolate Chip. I have been arena riding since November and she is in great shape and ready for someone to enjoy this spring.”
I bolded the part in the description that doesn't make any sense to me. Why would she put this in the ad, and then "be honest" and tell you she has sidebone when you contact her? That will be a HUGE maintenance issue. Why would she said "no maintenance"? It's contradictory.

Can the seller provide you with a video before you go look at her? Because, if she's dead lame in a video, then that might change your mind about considering her.

I'm not afraid of selecting a GOOD-minded horse that has some issues. However, you also don't want to be fighting an uphill battle if the horse is extremely lame.
As others have said, if you even do consider her, a full PPE is in order.
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@Alyce+Rocket She looks extremely SORE to me. Extremely. Her stride is so short and just looks like she's hurting with every step. Again, it's your call, but if you decide to give her a shot, expect to shell out some money at the vet and the farrier to maybe get her feeling better.

I would pass.......
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