unfortunately, this seems to be happening more and more all over the country with the ecomony going down the toilet.
I can understand if people just can't afford to feed their horse anymore, but seems it would be easier to just be up front with barn owners and tell them the truth, here is my horse, I can't afford to feed him anymore, so do what you have to with him. Instead of just walking away. It would sure make it easier on the barn owners to be able to just sell a horse instead of having to file liens.
Happening with dogs and cats also, leaving them for boarding, then never showing up again. I imagine each states laws differ with what the barn owner can do. I think it is going to be happening more and more with the price of hay going up. We sold hay for $75 a ton last year for alfalfa/grass mix. This year it is going for $150 a ton and they expect it to reach $200/250 a ton before winter is over. So much rain that most farmers will not be getting a second crop.