Originally Posted by hellomynameis
Less than one year. After looking at the messages, he has had them since the end of April last year.
OK. If it was me, I would go up and just ask for the horses to be returned. If he says yes, you aren't out anything but the trip to go get them. If he says no, I'd offer a comfortable amount of board IF he'll return them and sign a bill/receipt that says he accepts XXX as payment in full for the boarded horses and waives any future claim to said horses. The he acknowledges that the verbal contract for his purchase of the horses is null and void due to non-payment and from this day forth you and your husband will retain full ownership of your horses, with no hindrance or claim from him. Something like that, I'd probably pay for a lawyer to write up the agreement, might even take him to town and have it notarized when/if he signs it.
Maybe make it 2 statements, so that if he doesn't demand board, you don't give him any ideas and you can still have him sign that he has no claim. Just because I never trust anyone to do what they say.