Originally Posted by Serenity06
Oh wow! I'm sorry you went through that! I completely understand what you are getting at.
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Unfortunately, it's frequently the "price of doing business". And, since horses are a total luxury, when times get tough the horses end up getting shorted and their bills are the ones that don't get paid. You can't take it personally, you just have to kind of have a bit built in to the board bill so that it doesn't keep you from being able to feed your own horses if a boarder stiffs you on theirs.
In the future, if you ever board a horse again, get a good contract and don't allow the horses to be removed until the bill is paid in full. Possession is 9/10 of the law and if you have them on your property and have to go to court, the judge is likely to award you the horses and you can then sell them at auction (this is required in many states). That way you can recoup SOME of what's owed, though in today's market......it's not worth the bother to me.