The first thing I would do is contact the lady who is withholding the papers yourself. You might be surprised. |
The papers on my Paint mare were outdated by 3 owners back - no one had done any kind of transfers. Rather than make a long paper trail, I called that lady up and she happily agreed to sign the papers to get her transferred from her to me without all the BS.
I'm just saying you never know, she may just say sure or tell you how you can get them. The worst she can say is no, then you can ask her why LOL
Next up, the registry should be able to step in and do what they have to do, provided you have the proper paper trail for them to follow back to this lady who refuses to give up the certificate.
It may seem like a hassle, but it's worth it in my opinion - so absolutely you only have claim to her :)
There may be some legal recourse you could go through for the papers, but then again, maybe not. It's not practical to jump to sue this one, and that one over paperwork. But, as long as you have the bill of sale, that is proof of ownership. Papers are one thing, but bill of sale and physical posession means more most of the time - I'm not saying there aren't occasions where courts find in favor of whomever had papers in their name last, but most of the time, there is a trail of papers - even if it is just bills of sale - that will hold more water than a he said she said p*ssing contest. |
I've run into lots of people that will part with the horse, but not the registrations. Usually, they're just nuts. LOL