I purchased my new mare this past June. This was the first horse I've ever had signed into my name, otherwise my mum has always dealt with that sort of thing, signing papers and such. Originally when I looked at this mare she was supposed to be a long term lease - however two days after looking at her I got a call from the then owner (they had only owned her for two weeks after rescuing her and had planned to re sell eventually). The lady asked if I would like to purchase her. I said I would think about it, the next day that turned into a yes so we went over to sign the papers. Now, the purchase price of this horse was "free" because the horse had next to no training at the time of purchase. Also, on the papers we both signed (previous owner and I) the previous owner added a clause stating that if I one day could not care for the mare I would give her back free of charge. & just a side note: I do not plan on giving this mare back, at all.
So this was back in late June. Throughout July and August I tried numerous times to get a hold of the mares papers. I know she's registered and such, I have looked her up online at the jockey club registration. However, I asked many many times for the papers and I never received them. Do I need to do a transfer through the registration? If so, how do I go about this when it's been four months since the initial purchase, that plus the previous owner will not give me the papers. Each time I asked she would say something like "oh yea I will bring them to you this day or that day" ...I never saw them.
Do I legally own this mare!? I am honestly clueless when it comes to this sort of thing ....help! =(