Going by the photo alone that mare is NOT Sickle Hocked..they look perfectly normal...yes she may be a hair back of the knee but again factor in the surface/feet and photograph.
Do not judge the horse completely by that video, depending on the device it was videoed on and the speed of anyone;s computer server video's can be VERY deceptive.
She travels like a tight fit racehorse...but shows tremendous promise and worthy of an in person look.
You can arm chair quarter back all you want, but like BFNE I look at 100's of OTTB in person yearly buy 1/4 of that and re-sell same. Use a photo and video as a barameter but if YOU like the horse and it rings your bell, don't let any negotive nellies deter you.
Just do take a 2nd set of experianced unbiased eyes and get /a PPE.
As to gelding, it depends, track vets tend to be cheaper for the procedure and CANTER usually chips in $50.00..it can run from $175 - $500. I cut my costs by giving my own tetnus booster and having my own Penicillian for post Surgery follow-up and do own pre-op Banamine and I personally like to have the Pen on board before Surgery as well, but thats just me.
There is no guarantee any horse you buy will go to prelim unless its doing the job. Short of lameness or health issues a horse is only as good as the level its currently solidly competing at, and even then its only a guarentee on that given day when it finishes..
Hope for best and work with what you get...or sell it and get something else...
Good luck and let us know
Please read Every. Single. Word. of jbrp's message above. Memorize it. Recite from memory on any roadtrip to look at new horses. Burn on forehead. Tattoo on arm.
She is solid looking tough and meant to last...I like her..EXCEPT there is ZERO way to see her legs under the poultice and paper which renders the photos absolutely worthless and why oh why the photographer event took the picture boogles the mind..if the trainer truly wants to sell the horse take 5 hose the crap off and re-apply when pics are done..grrrr
I have found the line quite athletic. I had a Denouncer son that was on track to the upper levels when he was injured in a freak accident (not that he would have ever been an international horse since he was stuck with me).
I think they may be more athletic than people are giving them credit for. The ones I have known have great brains, but are not the quietest horses ever.