Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I'll just note first that she can be both 100% (registered) Paint and registered Pinto. Pinto, like buckskin and a few others, is a colour registration - if the horse is correctly coloured then it can be registered as a Pinto whatever the breed.
Personally I wouldn't have relied on the stable owner to look after my interests when it came to the transfer of money - I'm pretty sure they'd be more likely to have a good relationship with the owner than you, as the owner is a client.
From where I sit, depending on how legally binding any of these contracts actually were (I know lots of people request the "first refusal" thing but I'm pretty sure most of the time it isn't actually binding, but more a goodwill move), the horse belongs to either you or the original owner. Do you have any form of receipt, or evidence (emails, text messages etc) that you paid for the horse? Were there any witnesses when you handed over the cashiers cheque to the stable owner?
And yes, get professional legal advice ASAP!
A crazy girl with a crazy horse