Sometimes, you have to do what you have to do, and deal with the consequences after the fact.
Personally, after the hide and seek game went on for a week, i'd have done a drive by to see what I could see.
Then, if I had seen what you described with the mud and muck, i'd have pulled a good morning sunrise visit with my truck and trailer.
Hubby likes the sound of his own voice. Press him hard, and he will fold like a house of cards.
Wifey wears the pants, but she's dumb as a fencepost, and thinks her britches are made of rose petals.
I love people like that. They're tremendously entertaining to psychologically torment, as they're prisoners of their own minds.
Yank their chain hard a couple times, twist their tails hard, and they'll go away.
They're wanting to press trespass charges against you?
The instant you're served with papers, have them served with a bill for every expense you've incurred thus far attempting to restore your horse to some semblance of normalcy, plus expenses of recovering your horse, plus a chunk for long term care for the poor guy.
I'd say about $50,000.00 might be in the ballpark.
The idea isn't necessarily to get a payday.
You're essentially playing legal chicken with them
They've been exposed as hosers, which invalidates their percieved self worth and self esteem, and exposes them for their true selves.
So, they attempt to poke you in the eye with a sharp stick, IE trespass charges.
Return the favor, and poke back, HARD.
Play their game better than they do, out think them and go obnoxiously over the top about it.
Think of it like this-
I had a client who refused to pay me for services rendered, even with an agreed upon price in advance, in writing.
When the job was complete, in about half my estimated time for the job, he decided he could get away with only paying half.
So, we played chicken.
He threatened to call the cops, I assured him I would dump 10 tons of pine logs down his driveway if he didnt pay, and i'd be happy to call the chief for him from my speed dial.
I even went so far as to pop one of the straps holding the logs on the trailer.
It took him about 20 minutes, and he paid up. His wife paid me in cash, and told him to quit being an a$$.
So, play their game of chicken.
For every threat they make, return the favor in triplicate.
They'll cave, I promise. Their threats are hollow, and theyre looking to save face.
What they should to is eat their epic fail, and move on.
What I suspect they'll do is antagonize you to make themselves feel better about being themselves.
I RIDE, THEREFORE I AM
COWBOY UP OR GO CRY IN THE TRUCK