Don't touch that horse until you are legally allowed to do so. Don't get a vet out yet.
Horse people are batpoop crazy. Their owner could fly in at the last moment and try to attack anyone who's been around/messed with/treated/fed those horses in order to place the blame on anyone else but themselves.
If that contract is legally binding, then you need to talk to the BO about it before you approach the horse. Never approach a horse without the owner's permission. Ever. The BO might be thrilled that you are willing to do this. Or she may be angry.
Emotions get very high when a situation of neglect rises. Who's to blame? Not me! You are! Well you should have done this! Well why didn't YOU do something? You think you know better? Get off my cloud!
Find out what the course of action is for that horse from the BO. Ask questions. Find out state laws. If those horses really belong to the BO now, shame on her. If she is willing to give one to you, get a bill of sale to cover your butt. That way if the previous owner happens by and claims ownership, you at least have a bill of sale stating THAT HORSE was sold to you by SOMEONE and you didn't steal it. Pay $1.00 to make the sale complete.
I would caution taking that horse anywhere or being around the horse until you get permission from whoever is in charge, and get the whole low-down so you can make an educated approach.
Best case scenario, the BO gives you the horse and nothing ever comes of it. Worst case scenario is way too long to type out.
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Last edited by Copperhead; 02-19-2013 at 06:33 PM.