Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Central Illinois
• Horses: 0
If you have no signed contract between you and this lady, you need to get one. Yesterday. In this contract you need to put something along the lines of
IF THE OWNER FAILS TO PAY THEIR ENTIRE BILL IN FULL FOR LONGER THAN x AMOUNT OF MONTHS AND/OR THE HORSES ARE NOT MOVED OFF THE PROPERTY BY THAT TIME, THE HORSE(S) ON THE PROPERTY WILL TRANSFER OWNERSHIP TO THE BARN MANAGERS POSSESSION.
My Ag teacher has a similar problem. A lady boarded a pony and a horse at her property, and then just up and disappeared. My teacher contacted her every month and said her board was past due, but all she would get back is a letter saying I can't afford all my board this month, but I can't sell my horses. The kids would be so sad. (She NEVER came to see the horses but the day she brought them to her barn.) Finally, my teacher wrote her a letter saying "You own me over $2,000 dollars in boarding, vet and farrier fees. If you cannot pay this amount IN FULL within 30 days, I am taking ownership of the horses."
I don't think you really have much to stand on without a boarding contract. So if it means printing a contract out, driving to her house and demanding she signs it or pony needs to leave the property now; then it must be. If she still continues to not pay for the pony, you can then take action based on what is written in your contract.
Hope I helped you out!