February 4th I purchased a pregnant mare. March 19th she had a stud colt. June 19th the barn owner where they have been staying decided he was holding my horses for payments that I was never informed of. He stated he sent a certified letter, but I found out yesterday that I never received it because his wife addressed it wrong. Tuesday night I went to retrieve my horses with the police and the BO stated if I paid him the money he felt he was owed I could have them. I went and got the money and when I returned he said the letter stated the money was only for my mare, not the colt. He was snatching my mare around in his driveway and I feared for her health and safety so Itook her. I was depending on being able to retrieve the certified letter from the post office stating the money I paid him was for both. Yesterday morning I retrieved the letter and it clearly states the money I paid him was for both horses and the BO referred to both horses by name and called them MY horses 5 times in the letter. When I took the letter back to the police station and returned last night again with the police the barn owner stated I never owned the colt and that he sold him yesterday.
Somebody please please help me get my baby back. He has not nursed since before 9pm on Tuesday and I now have no idea where he is. The cops said there's nothing I can do without proving the colt is mine. I have a bill of sale dated February 4th and I have pictures from March 2nd and 3rd where you can see she is still pregnant. I also have pictures from the day my colt was born March 19th. I also had a farrier come trim my mare March 3rd and he witnessed her still being pregnant.
Another thing that might help me is the BO had a mare who foaled 3 weeks after my mare, so the to are comparable in size and age.
Somebody please help me. I don't want my colt to die.