I went through a situation like this a number of years ago. It's still painful to talk about. I ended up losing my horse because even though I did not owe any money, she had locked him in a pasture and told me I owed over 5 months board when I only boarded there for 2 1/2 months before I told her I was leaving.
I was very young, I got very scared because she claimed to have consulted a lawyer who told her to lock the horse up (which I later found is against the law in my area) and had no one to turn to for advice or to help me.
When my mother passed away, this BO stepped in as a second mother to me and I trusted her with my whole heart. I lost my horse because I was young, scared and didn't know any better.
It taught me a lot about trust and to get everything in writing, along with receipts of payments. The karma bus hit her hard. She lost all of her boarders because she did this to everyone (I never met the other boarders because of my schedule but heard about it. I guess she had hit hard times and thought she could do this), and her stallion which she paid an enormous amount of money for before he hit the ground ended up infertile.
I'm so happy this ended differently for you. I have learned a huge lesson about situations like this and kick myself a lot of not knowing any better and allowing it to happen. It will never happen again, I can promise that. I'm sure this whole situation has opened your eyes too.
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