I was given a horse after his previous owner was caught making meth & fled up North to avoid police. He had his horse boarded at his cousins house. We had a written agreement saying that if his owner showed back up within 30 days, I would give the horse back. He didn't show up. Four months later, his mother decided to call us up & give us all sorts of h*ll about how she wanted her horse back & to give her our address so she could come pick him up. I told her no. So she decided to cuss myself & my fiance out over how we "stole" the horse & proceeded to take us to court. She had fake pictures of the horse as a foal (he has one hind half stocking & a blaze, she had pictures of a colt with two hind stockings & a star with a snip) & she studdered through the whole ordeal. The judge ruled if she was willing to pay $2600 for him (the cost of board/feed/training/vet expenses) she could have him back. Needless to say, she didn't pay for him & then texted us again later that week saying she was taking us back to court in her state & would have the horses previous owner before them there to vouch for her buying him. Well, we never got the subpoena for court, so he is legally ours now. The bad thing is when I was given him, he had a 5" deep, 3 finger wide hole in his chest from a t post where the man chased him up on it. He had no ground manners, refused to be caught, scared to death, was flank kicked & hit with a 2x6 on his underbelly when he wouldn't stand, & under saddle when he spooked/refused something he was spurred like crazy. His wonderful previous owner had stolen ***32*** horses so far from TN, KY, IN, & IL, made, sold, & used meth, had 7 warrants out for his arrest, has a rape charge, & 3 assaults on officers! So needless to say I was thrilled when I got the letter saying Hustler was mine for good!
Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky, & live like you aint afraid to die, & don't be scared, just enjoy your ride.