We met a Deputy there on Saturday and the HOA board and community manager came and held an emergency quorum. We agreed to an amount to settle the bill and they agreed to take the funds from me directly, when previously they had refused to deal with me. It was only about $100 more than it "should" have been.
The Deputy refused to make them release the horse and said we'd have to go to court after the community manager produced a livestock statute on her phone. Personally I believe they were all misinterpreting the statute...it doesn't seem to apply...but my hands were tied. They said they had an automatic lien.
Complicating things, we found out the neighbor had allegedly been removing my horse's food for weeks, potentially. The board had known and hadn't done anything to help the horse. They said they were preparing to take action in the coming week.
So that was Saturday afternoon and we had to leave him there till Monday evening, after I could get a cashier's check and drive it 75 miles round trip to settle our bill. I had him sedated and trailered to his new home.
He is very, very happy at his new home so far. He really seems to enjoy having the run of an entire irrigated acre and he enjoys all the other animals that are there (another horse, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, dogs, a pig, etc.). I am incredibly relieved that he's out of that facility. It's a terrible place and there seems to be so much corruption. I hope to be able to enjoy him more at his new place, even though he won't be right around the corner, there won't be any politics or anything to remind me of my horrible experience with that house and community!
Last edited by lilypoo; 10-09-2013 at 03:20 PM.