Long story short, my horse's previous owner is a whacko. She's just not quite right. I bought Ricci off her and continued to board on her property for one heck of a great deal, which became even better when I got my filly and cost of board didn't change.
Things have gotten progressively worse over the year from date of purchase to now. Comments made about how she "knows her mare," and just a general uneasiness has filled my stomach. I don't trust her not to try and take Ricci back. With a recent scuffle over my not wanting her grandson around my horses without adult supervision and a liability waiver signed, I'm moving my horses AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Now, I'm just trying to make sure all my ducks are in a row JUST IN CASE she tries to pull something. This is a list of everything I have or have access to to prove ownership:
- I made every payment with a check. Each check said "Ricci [month]" on the notes bar. Each check is available on my bank account history.
- I have Ricci's official APHA and PtHA certificates, although neither are in my name. I am sending out the APHA transfer request tomorrow.
- I have a bill of sale that says, "I, [insert previous owner's name] have sold by [her typo] registered Paint mare, Impressive Raquel #216,688 to [insert my name]. All payments of $5500.00 have been paid in full. Good job!!!!" Then her name in print, her signature, and the date .
Will it cause any problems proving ownership if I only get an ownership transfer with APHA? I will put her PtHA registration in my name when I have the money, but it's $80 just to get her APHA papers in my name, and things will get much tighter when I move them.
She does still have to sign the APHA transfer papers for it to go through. If she does not sign the APHA transfer papers, do I still have enough to prove Ricci is mine?