I've known the BO for 20 years and I know she would never give away a horse she didn't own. If someone at her barn doesn't want their horse anymore, they have the choice of surrendering the animal to the BO and the BO places it, or they sell it. The BO does not profit from surrenders. I guess the BO learned a lesson in getting things in writing, since a woman who she has known much longer than I've known her did this.
And I suppose she allowed the horse to leave because her hands were tied and she knew that. She didn't have paper work saying she was the legal owner of the horse. It was heresay. I've spoken with some people at the barn who were there and they all say that the woman who took the pony didn't deny surrendering the horse to the BO when the BO brought it up, and was well aware of the pony's new owner when the BO argued. Although I would have liked her to stop the trailer, she probably thought she didn't have grounds to without ownership documentation. So then she had to tell the pony's new owner (my sister) that the horse was taken, and it was her fault.
After some long thought, she probably did the right thing legally by allowing the horse to go. I am angry that we lost a horse due to a loophole that was never covered due to trust. I suggested to my sister when she aquired the horse that she get a bill of sale from the owner. The owner, at that time, was the BO. I have known this woman for far too long to ever think she would pull something this shady. I know for a fact that this situation didn't happen because she was trying to pull something.
The previous owner surrendered the horse due to finances and time. She could not afford him and was too busy with social life and her education to support him. She showed up with a trailer a month after the horse changed ownership and put him on her friends trailer, who then hauled him to Ohio.
I had a long talk with my sister about the situation. I told her that she might not see the horse again, even if she spends thousands in court costs and lawyer fees. I told her that due to heresay and no official documentation of ownership changing from T to the BO, she doesn't have much of a chance. So she's decided to gather all the bills that she aquired through this past month, copy them and send them to T with a letter requesting compensation for the time she paid for the pony as hers, while T still assumed ownership.
Someway or another, she'll be getting her money back. Whether it be through T or the BO.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music