GREAT question.... possibly one of my most favorite parts about court because I got to question him and only his lawyer was allowed to question me. When I testified I quoted the letter out loud. When he got on the stand I questioned him about the letter.
I asked him the following questions, his answers follow the questions:
Do you remember telling the police officer you had no interest in keeping my horses you just wanted the money you requested in the letter? "YES"
Did you state that the $360 was for both horses? "YES"
Did I pay you $360? "YES"
Why when I returned to the property with the money for the horses did you then change your story and say that the $360 was only for my mare? "Because you brought the cops to my house and I was mad, so I decided not to give you Dyllon"
Wait, so your saying that the letter stated the $360 was for both horses, but that night you told the police officer it was only for one horse? "YES"
So basically he stated in court under oath that he lied to the police that night and only decided to give me one horse for $360. He also said he NEVER actually sold my colt and that he had always been on the property. I asked why he gave the $180 check the following day to the police to hand to me and he stated it was because he had decided not to give me the colt. I reiterated, but you just said you took $360 from me the night before. So you knew the night before you were doing the wrong thing and you just did it because you were mad that I brought the police to your house? YES, I was mad you brought the police and I decided not to give you the colt.......
He is a stupid man. He and his sick wife lost a friend. If I got it right, he is suffering financially (as many of us are) and was starting to pilfer the feed you were providing for your horses. I'm guessing he figured you caught him when you asked him if your mare was eating a full bag a day. You were asking a genuine question but he thought you were letting him know you knew he was taking your feed. And so he hatched a plan to "make" you pay him more. I think it's because it was beyond him to honestly ask for a fair payment for boarding. He's all about using and being used - maybe all his life.
You may have considered them your friends, but I don't think he ever considered you HIS friend. If he did, he would have said to you, "Sorry but we can't afford to keep your horses on our property without some kind of payment. We're having a hard time."
He and maybe even his wife considered what you did, like bbqs and helping out "your due". And then when he thought you would start watching what he did, decided to up the ante.
I don't think he was ever your friend. Another person said something like this: what you thought was friendship was really what YOU did for them (in exchange for what they figured they did for you). It's true, you boarded your horses there, but a more satisfactory arrangement could have been made any time they thought it was unfair. He could have negotiated a fair price and STILL KEPT A FRIEND. If he really wanted one.
Some people trust other people, enjoy friendships. ANd some don't. And now you know...regardless of what they are or seem to be, get it in writing. THEN throw the bbq.
I am SO Happy for you. I read every post in this thread. I am up way past my bedtime reading this, but it was worth it to see the pictures of Dyllan and his mum reunited and you, smiling. I am happy you got your teaching certification and got back your baby boy. And I got my happy ending. There was a moment there, about two pages back when I worried that maybe it would go the other way...I couldn't see how, but life gets like that sometimes. And thankfully it didn't.
YAA! FOR THE GOOD GUYS!!