A sticky situation with a stallion, mare, and unborn foal.
Okay, I own an AQHA Grullo/Roan stallion named Smoke. In the spring I boarded him with a woman who had him turned out with her mare, Karlee. She wanted a baby, but no papers were ever drawn up between us because Smoke was sold to me as possibly/most likely infertile. We knew the chances weren't high that he could produce, but we wanted to try anyway, and if it was confirmed that she was bred, we'd figure something out.
Now we didn't think much of it, but recently I was informed that Karlee is bred, but we're not sure who is the father. Toward the end of the time I was boarding with this woman, let's call her Lucy, she bought a Palomino KMSH who was gelded a few weeks/a month prior to her purchase. They were in the same pasture, and she doesn't know if they bred or not. She said that Karlee let Smoke mount and breed, but she refused the Palomino every time, which she didn't think much of, but now wonders if it meant she was bred.
Anyway, the problem is this...she has since sold the mare, without telling the man that she could possibly be bred. The man informed her that she was, and he wants to sell her for financial purposes. Now we cannot be sure it is Smoke's baby, but do I have any rights in this situation. I was talking with an experienced breeder, and he said that if the mare is bred, and a DNA test shows that the baby is his, that I am owed a stud fee, or rights to the foal. Now I don't want to sue anyone here, but I'd really like to know if Smoke will have a baby on the ground or not.
I would rather stand near the birds, than spend my whole life wishing I had wings.