ummm....folks, did I misread this or did the OP say the contract she signed is until MAY?????
This could complicate matters alot.....per my understanding of what she wrote, she is OBLIGATED and bound to this contract for FIVE MORE MONTHS.....
Legally speaking, paying the thirty days and leaving is NOT fulfilling her obligation...she will need to pay her monthly board bill times five to absolve herself of all further obligations to this barn owner.
In other words if she signed a contract stating that she would be financially obligated to this property owner until may, the only way to fulfill her contract is to pay the remainder of her contract which is for five more months.
As for contesting this in court. I would not be so complacent in thinking the BO wouldn't take her to court.....in fact, I'd be inclined to think he would. Because she signed that she owes him until May, and not knowing how much her monthly board is, even if it is only 200 dollars a month....she still would owe him a thousand dollars. MOST people are not just going to let a thousand dollars get away....DON'T believe it for a second.
As for contesting the contract, yes, if things are as she says and she has proof, she could try..... but negligence is a hard thing to prove. he could say the equipment was only in the aisle for a day or week, he could make excuses about the hay also, that he got a bad shipment, or that it had just turned moldy and was about to be replaced, etc..... to contest this contract in court, she is going to need a rock solid defense, which will include credible witnesses, thorough documentation of continued unsafe conditions...and a good lawyer.
What an awful mess...... I agree with Wyominggrandma, why in the world did you sign a contract that far ahead??? most boarding contracts are a single month by month....not year by year.....
sure, we all want to say "leave now, talk later" or "get your horse out today", but the fact of the matter is that she signed a contract stating that she would be a source of income for this BO until May....skipping out on the deal could very likely end her up in court, AND could cost her the horse if the ruling goes against her and she cannot pay the thousand dollars...or more, depending on her monthly board.....that she owes this BO. Because the facts are: legally speaking, if she skips out now, she owes this BO at least a thousand dollars....and if you think he/she won't "bother" with taking someone to court for that amount of money, you are dead wrong.