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    05-23-2013, 01:57 AM
So far she didn't get anything back. She is pretty determined to get the pony back, she doesn't care about the money.

I've heard of people using a lawyer to draw up a certified letter requesting the return of the animal, or the police making a phone call and whoever took the horse returns it out of fear of legal action. I'm really hoping this will be one of those cases, because I don't think the BO would willingly go to court over ownership of the pony.
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    05-23-2013, 01:59 AM
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Being only word of mouth between T and the BO. T can argue that the pony was always hers.

Your sister could fight it I suppose but with no paper trail between T and BO before BO and your sister it looks like a losig situation.

Her best bet is to try and get refunded the money from the BO or argue that if T claims any kind of ownership then T has to pay your sister for the board feed vet etc for the time she had him when T no longer paid.
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    05-23-2013, 02:00 AM
Okay I have another question. Who witnessed the conversation between T and the BO that said the horse was being turned over?

If there are witnesses then that gives you more of a leg up versus heresay.
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    05-23-2013, 02:11 AM
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    05-23-2013, 02:13 AM
I'm not sure if anyone witnessed the conversation. I would have to ask the BO. There were witnesses at the barn on Monday when the BO argued ownership, and T didn't deny giving him to the BO to adopt out, and she admit she knew he was under new ownership.

So far there has been no contact between us and T. I wanted to take the most logical approach and get police involved before anyone calls up anyone, demanding money or a horse back. Maybe a form of authority can intimidate her.

I'm really upset that no one bothered to stop them. I would have been frothing at the mouth if they showed up while I was there.
    05-23-2013, 02:19 AM
Green Broke
Police? Or a lawyer?

Police can't help since its a civil matter but once you have a lawyer I would definitely get the ball rolling on how to contact T what the process is on getting the horses location. Contacting the "new owners" in Ohio etc

Maybe see if the horse can be moved to a neutral location until this is all sorted out as well.

First step though would be to get a consultation and or a lawyer
    05-23-2013, 02:31 AM
Thanks, Roper. I will definitely relay that to my sister and see what she wants to do from there. I figured the police won't be very useful but it didnt hurt to try. I suggested a consultation and she started looking up lawyers.

I've heard that in cases where no legal documents of ownership are present, the use of vet/board/training bills come in handy for proof of ownership. I'm pretty much leaning on that right now since I'm sure the BO won't challenge T in court for ownership.

She was kind of like "Oh are a couple other horses to pick from". She had a similar dispute a number of years ago and came out without a horse.
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    05-23-2013, 07:26 AM
Green Broke
This is the 2nd time the BO has had the same problem?
    05-23-2013, 10:07 AM
When she first got into horses maybe 50 years ago, she had a situation where she traded a 2 year old for a pony for her daughter for 4H. I guess the person randomly showed up one day and dropped the 2 year old off and took the pony back one day. Not really the same situation.

People dump horses on her all the time when they don't want them anymore and she finds homes for them. She's just a safe place for horses to land.
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    05-23-2013, 10:22 AM
I guess it depends on the state. I know that in Texas, if you have proof, the police/sheriff will help in return of the animal. I would definitely call them and at least find out for sure. Horse stealing remains a hanging offense in Texas!!!!
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