Horse Law in Virginia on Ownership
I am seventeen years old, and I have technically "owned" my horse for years now. My mother kicked me out and confiscated my horse even though my name is on the registration. She lost her custody due to abuse on me and my brother. She still keeps the horse and won't give her back though. She has even threatened to shoot the horse and I'm very worried.
The horse is a registered Appaloosa mare, and my current guardian(my dad) wants me to have the horse. She cannot be made to give the horse and she has threatened to forge my name on the papers and change it to her name so I can never get it back. She says the only way I can have the horse back is if I come back to live there, and I can't because she is very abusive.
Is it illegal to go on her property and lead the horse out of the field and through the woods even though she is mine? She is registered with the Appaloosa Horse Association and VHSA/BHSA under my name and was in the top 10 for multiple divisions for 2012.
I don't want to go to court but will if I must. I could go tomorrow while she is at church with my grandfather(they are 7th Day's) but I just want to know if it is against the law. I don't want to be in trouble for claiming my own horse. It is so frustrating and I just want her back. The police cannot give her to me if we call them because she has her property fenced off and in stock, possession is 9/10 of the law, but I used to live there, so I know where the fence breaks.
Please give me your input.