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    06-01-2011, 11:58 AM
  #1
Foal
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Hi everyone. I would like some addvice. I have been boarding these peoples horses for about 7 months now. Which one of the horses had to be put down. Due to collic from worms. They were told from the day they moved in that they had to feed and water their own horses. They ever did, I have fed and watered them from like day 5... I didn't want them to go without and felt as Im feeding mine. I also ran into a situation about a month ago when I had a fecal sample done on one of my horses that was loosing a lot of weight. It came back that she was full of worms. Mine are on a schedule, but when pastured so closly the boarders weren't worming theirs I was defeating the purpose. So Heres is what I told them. I said you owe me for your horses wormers, half a bottle of banamine, late fee on board, and $3.00 a day they are here after the first, because I had told them the horses had to be moved by the first of the month. I also went and got a stablemans lein on their two horses here now. They said that they didn't understand the late charge and the second dose of wormers and wanted to speak with my attorney. I called my attorney this am. And he told me he needed to speak with their attorney, they don't have one. So what do I do? Thanks for the input. Ps: 4 weeks ago the Dessin Animal shelter came and took 5 of their dogs... So I understand why now... They haven't been here to bring hay or anything for a week now and today is the 1st when they were supposed to be out here. Thanks a lot....
     
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    06-01-2011, 12:12 PM
  #2
Showing
If you've already filed and been granted a Stableman's Lien, the horses will need to be sold at public auction. You should have been made aware of that stipulation when you were given the lien.

Anything you don't recoup from the sale of the animals, you can sue the boarders for recompense. Don't expect to get anything though, even if you get a judgment in your favor. If they've already had animals picked up by AC, chances are they're facing neglect/cruelty charges for that, and you'll just be one more in a line of people and agencies hoping to get money out of them.

I certainly hope you had a written boarding contract that spelled out everything to them, as otherwise it's just a he said/she said type of situation.

What particular advice are you looking for? An equine attorney would be your best bet, not just random people on the internet.
     
    06-02-2011, 11:43 PM
  #3
Showing
In Ontario it's the Innkeeper's Act that grants an automatic lean the moment board is unpaid. A notice of debt naming the horse and owner is to be published in a local paper, amount of debt and that if board is not paid by x date that it will be sold at public auction. A lawyer is not required as the Act is clearly written and is easy to abide by.
     
    06-02-2011, 11:45 PM
  #4
Showing
Since the horses have been in her care and they go to auction, qhorsecrazy gets first diviies on retrieving her expenses.
     

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