To start. I am the ignorant horse buyer in this situation. I was raised with horses and thought I did my homework when I got my horse, However, I missed a whole area I did not even know existed!! Branding inspections...Now when I bought my horse I was charged for the brand inspection, but since "Lady" is the first horse I have ever purchased as an adult
I didn't realize it was something that was separate from her bill of sale or registration.
I have decided to move my horse to another county in the care of a friend who has cancer, the reasoning for this is because he has an innate love of horses and has the means and support to do so plus, Lady will be his therapy animal.
And that to me is volumes for both him and the horse...When he was here earlier this month him and Lady developed a very nice repore and I know both will do well...Not the point here though sorry got off track.
When I went to call for BI I learned that I never received the actual documentation needed though I paid for it, the inspector states he has not seen this brand in Montana and it HAS NOT been inspcted by him or his coworkers and if she had been inspected he would have been the one to do it as I was told the horse comes from our BI district by the previous owner...
So what do I do here? Does this mean my horse was stolen by the seller? The BI said I would not face repercussions because I DO have a bill of sale on her, But does this mean they will take her from me? What will happen to my horse?
I'm worried sick!! Is there paperwork that can be traced by her registration #?
Lesson always do your homework about Paperwork...owning a horse is more then owning a horse it is a legal process as well..please info anyone!