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post #1 of 6 Old 05-20-2012, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need legal Info on horse endangerment and abandonment

Ok so most of you know that my Ex trainer left me on her ex in laws farm but more importantly she just left her horses there and put one in danger of loosing his life. SHe thought it was great idea to throw him into the other field with two mares and a stallion donkey. Bottom line he got extremely hurt and almost died from the infection. The in laws put over 1000 bucks into saving him. He's fine now and i've been given permission to start riding him again. Yay for that but any way back to the point. The ex trainer keeps saying on Facebook (i stayed friends with her to spy for the in laws sshhh don't tell) that she might be coming back to TN(which i hope she doesn't) So Im wondering if theres any legal options out there since she did pretty abandon and endanger the horses. I don't want her to just swoop in and take the horses away especially since Teddy's(the horse endangered) leg needs special care and a careful easy rider(which her and her daughter are not). And Honestly i know they wouldn't get the great care there getting because she wouldnt have the money. Im worried what would happen if she does cause the hold a special place in my heart. Also if guys think talking to lawyer might help my uncle and grandfather(who is 86 & still practices) are both lawyers and I'm gonna ask them a ton of questions when i visit them in June but they aren't horse law experts. So any info you guys could give me would be awesome. I just thought it might a good idea to see if theres anything I can do if theres anything at all i can.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-20-2012, 10:08 PM
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If she's posted this on Facebook I think she is pulling your chain. Ignore it and don't fret about it.
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she's not pulling are chain. she doesn't even know i read it. and she was serious about moving nothing makes her happy cause she's crazy so she regrets leaving

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cherie post a good answer in short have a bill made up so the trainer owes the barn owner money it is not about the money but to keep her from taken the horses with out thinking about it

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-24-2012, 08:41 PM
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I don't know if "endangerment" could be argued at all, probably just neglect. Horses get injured all the time in the paddock, my horse was kicked pretty badly about a week ago, I wasn't endangering her by putting her in a paddock, stuff just happens. The owner may have been neglectful in not providing care after.

I don't know a lot about the law but just a guess, I think there could be a problem because either you argue that a) she has to pay the bill because the inlaws were put in charge of the horses care, in which case the inlaws were negligent in not addressing the wound sooner, or b) they're her horses and the inlaws only covered the bill because she wouldn't, but in such case she didn't give them permission to call a vet, nor did she ask them to, so she may not be obligated to pay. As she doesn't have money, you could just accept the horses as payment.

If she has nothing written up (like a boarding contract) I'd imagine she could just rock and take her horses with her bill of sale.

It's a tricky situation because I have never really heard of anyone being charged with either endangerment and abandonment, just neglect or abuse. And while she's not being a great owner, these horses aren't being neglected or abused. They're fed, watered etc.
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If you consider any of what happened abuse or neglect, the place to start is your county's Animal Control department. They can tell you what options you have.

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