Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Unless there was a written contract, you'd be hard pressed to prove you're the owner.
If you had planned to buy the horse after the lease was up, why do you think you're entitled to keep it free and clear now? After all, if you'd bought the horse, you'd have still had to pay all the expenses.
Instead of guessing about what is and isn't legal, you need to contact an attorney versed in equine law in your state.
You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!