Originally Posted by Copperhead
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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It did, unfortunately. This woman was like a sister to me and I did so much for her and never asked for a thing in return. When I decided to keep my horses, I immediately began paying her board as we had agreed upon and then she used me and lied. I know there is a nefarious reason behind it all, but am sure I will never know what it was that she was willing to not only break the law, but my heart as well. I am sorry you didn't get your horse back. That would have really sucked. My daughter was scared I wouldn't fight back. She was glad I did.