Just curious on your opinions, this situation does not involve me.
Person A, barn owner and trainer.
Person B, original owner of horse.
Horse will be called H.
B hired A to take Horse and put some work on him so he could be used as a trail horse. B said H just needed fine tuning, wanted about 2 weeks riding put on him.
A takes horse home, finds he knows almost nothing, can't steer, barely ridable, but progresses quickly.
Both parties agree for him to stay on a few more weeks for more training.
B wants a very quiet horse, which H won't be yet for a long time.
A offers to buy him, but not for a few months, wants to return him in the interum.
B says A might as well keep him there, if he is only going to go back in a few months.
A reluctantly agrees, says she won't charge B board during those next few months.
At this point, no money has changed hands. B has not paid for the 3-4 weeks training and board already provided.
One week later, there is a freak accident in the paddock. A comes out to feed, finds H with broken leg. B is called, horse is euthanised.
A, feeling badly, offers to pay for vet, and also takes care of burying horse on her own property.
A week later, B is asking A when she can expect her money for the purchase of dead H.
A says never, was not ready to buy horse yet.
No contract, no payment as yet for training. I do not know if there was a contract for training. Let's assume no.
Now B says she is contacting her lawyer to sue for value of the horse.
What do you think?