Originally Posted by smrobs
Well, your friend learned a valuable lesson. If he had gone to the police and filed a report the instant that he noticed the horse was gone, with a full description (or, even better, pictures), then his horse would have already been home.
There are several ways to have proof of ownership on an unregistered horse:
1) Have them branded and then get the paperwork from a brand inspector.
2) Have them micro-chipped. In rural areas, that would usually only be effective in situations like this where the horse has been found and by some slim chance, someone checks for a chip. I know in my area, nobody microchips horses so no vet or auction house would ever check for one.
3) Even a coggins report can serve as proof of ownership.
However, with the horse being found in the possession of a person who was not the thief, then it all gets very touchy, even if the original owner has some form of proof of ownership. You might be surprised at how many people will sell a horse and then come back later with a claim that it was stolen as an attempt to either get the horse back or get monetary compensation.
Without a police report filed at the time of the theft and with absolutely zero proof of ownership, then there is no chance at all of your friend getting his horse back.
He does not have coggins as the horse was born and raised entirely on his property. Never really left.
I think he has accepted the fact he will not get his horse back. I'm sure he's kicking himself though. And hopefully won't make the same mistake again.
The horse however is in very good condition and appears to be taken pretty good care of where he's at.
A lesson learned though. Posted via Mobile Device