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post #251 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 01:13 AM
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I'm serious! Lol, and I was gonna say I'd help but I'm up here in Abilene. Sorry!
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post #252 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 01:13 AM
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I'm going to make a suggestion, I'm aware that you could very well be joking, and I know you want to find your colt, but DO NOT stake out on his property or stalk him. He could take you to court for that and use it against you big time. The judge won't care if it was only to get your property back, they will view it as trespassing and you could end up with a restraining order against you. DO NOT do anything until you get a lawyer and discuss your options. I know you're upset and you just want your property back but you will only make matters worse if you get caught on his property without his consent. And do you really want your friends to get into trouble? If you do decide to have people watch him make sure you stay off his property and out of his sight.
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post #253 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 01:16 AM
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Where do you live in Texas? Oh and the law here is, they have to ask you to leave and give you two warnings before they can shoot you. And can't shoot you in the back.
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I think if someone is considering shooting someone else, they might not be too concerned with that. I mean,how are you going to argue that you weren't warned twice, if you're dead?
Not that I think this guy would shoot you...But I wouldn't ever put myself in harms way and feel safe because *the law says*
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post #254 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 01:21 AM
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Yeah I understand that of course. I was just clarifying we can't just shoot 'em around here lol
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post #255 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 02:22 AM
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first things first. CALL A LAWYER as soon as you get up in the morning! the faster you get the legal going the faster they can move on his property and get your boy back...who knows maybe if he sees that you are religiously pursuing this ridiculous situation he may back off
2. call animal control. maybe they can do something if your convinced that the colts life is in danger, and hes in an unsafe situation they may be able to get him as well.

ride this as hard as you can. dont give him any room to breath or your kiddo will be gone. spread the word. get pics of your colt up on every website, at every feed and tack store and broadcast it at every rodeo.

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post #256 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 02:28 AM
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Whoa!! A lot happened while I was sleeping... And none of it good :(
So sorry you didn't manage to get the colt.

This is what I think you should do (I am not a lawyer, or a cop, and I do watch law and order occasionally, but as a citizen with rights, this is my opinion).
Print out and collect all evidence (photos, receipts of tetanus shot etc) that you have of your mare being pregnant, and the foal after it was born. Go to the police and file criminal charges of theft, write up a very long and very detailed affadavit... Write down everything everyone said/times etc, especially write down what the BO said to the cops in both instances, because he went back on those statement.

Then, call a lawyer... There were some links on here, have them do something right away... Perhaps they can stop the BO from moving or selling the colt before ownership is proven.
Actually, call a lawyer first. I think the law is on your side, so this guy cannot go on bluffing forever. But do it first thing in the morning... So the process can start working.

For your sake I hope the BO pays over and above what is even necessary for what he has done to you. Who does he think he is?? Above the law? He cannot just make up things as he goes along.
Take him to court and make him pay for being such a (what word can I use?)
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post #257 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 02:31 AM
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I want this story to have a good ending, dammit!
It has to have one!
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post #258 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 02:35 AM
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Agreed! ^
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post #259 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 02:43 AM
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At this point, I'd call off work if I had to and get in to see an attorney. If one of the equine ones can't see you right away, then just get a good general practice attorney and get the ball rolling on this.

I have MAJOR doubts that any kind of theft report will be filed or any criminal charges laid as this is still very much a civil HE SAID SHE SAID case. It's one of those frustrating ones where you know **** well the horse probably has been stolen but because of lack of proof on both sides and the story changing, you really can't do anything until a judge rules on the civil case and possibly even makes the suggestion that the case should now become criminal, to the DA. Of course, the DA can always choose not to file if he doesn't feel the case has merit.

So, to avoid anymore legal/criminal runaround, I'd get me an attorney on this forthwith and go after this guy legal guns ablazing. First thing I'd ask the attorney would be if he thought he could get an order from a judge freezing this whole thing in its tracks until everything gets sorted out. That would mean the guy couldn't move the colt and you couldn't get him back right away but it would stop him from selling/auctioning/doing God only knows what else with him. If the judge was sympathetic he might even order the colt moved to your place to be put back on his dam but that's iffy. But at this point......LAWYER UP and quick.
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post #260 of 758 Old 06-21-2012, 03:14 AM
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Is your avatar pic the colt? Do you know the sire's name? Is the colt registered or eligible to be registered? You bought the mare from this guy? Did you get any paperwork at all on the foal? Yes, get a lawyer asap. And maybe get the word out on the colt so more eyes can be searching. I doubt he's very far away.
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