Have had boarders horse for a year with ZERO payment & now they want horse!!
Hi, I have read over several other posts in this forum hoping to get an answer..here is the situation: I was contacted by a woman 'down on her luck" and she was wanting to sell me her horse. I felt bad for her(stupid on my part I know) and offered to let her bring her horse to my farm and told her that as long as she paid for hay, grain , and general upkeep, that I would not charge her 'board'..She brought her horse on a Sunday, he was in HORRIBLE shape, underweight, some of the worst rainrot I have ever seen on a horse, feet were really bad, etc..I did take pictures of him, right there in front of her.. She said (after the hauler had left) that she didnt have room to bring hay or grain and that she would be dropping it off soon. 2 days later she showed up at midnight with 2 bales(sqaure) and dropped them off.. She came one other time and dropped off $20 of a 45$ farrier bill..She has not provided any grain , hay, dewormer..NOTHING for this horse..I have had him here since late March of 2013..so I received a message today stating that she is selling him, that she is sending 'buyers' to my farm to pick him up this weekend..I told her that he was not leaving the farm until the entire bill is paid(right around 1,000$) or that I would accept the horse for payment..(she is asking 600-700 for him) ...I know(very very stupid on my half) that we dont have an actual contract, I do however have all of the messages that we have sent back and forth, stating that she knew what the terms of him being here were, every time I dewormed, had the farrier out,etc and what her share of those costs were. I have contacted an attorney , she said to threaten to take her to court, but she was not clear on the laws here(WV) but she recommended that I not try to keep the horse if someone shows up..I have found out in the mean time that the previous place that kept the horse for her, she also didnt pay any board there and the owner threatened to have the humane society remove the horse..He is a great horse, my 9 year old daughter loves him..She is accusing me of letting her bring him here to get a free horse, bc "I knew she was having a hard time financially and she didnt have a car" ..Does anyone know what my rights would be? 1,000$ may not be a lot to some people, but it is to me, and I dont want to throw it all away, becasue I know if it comes to civil court and the result is her just having to pay, she will never do it.. I dont want her horse for free, I feel that with what she owes me in care and feed, I am well within my rights to keep him and refuse access to anyone to my farm....Any advice out there? Other than "you should have gotten it it writing/contract" I know this already..lol..
Last edited by BobbieJo81; 11-05-2013 at 06:14 PM.