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post #1 of 32 Old 08-23-2011, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Wrong horse given away!

Ok, so my brother-in-law was given a horse by a down on his luck doctor! Only condition was that he takes another horse with it! And the dealing was done through a mutual friend bc the doctor had no time for it apparently. So he ended taking two horses Rain and Spirit (who he gave to his uncle) and a pony for his kids. Rain was apparently previously owned by a man we'll call Mickey, who this small town all know of. Well, doctor sold off everything else! Guess who bought the farm (literally)...Mickey! My trainer friend had been talking to him at his new farm and he told her since she had liked his mare so much in the past she could have her! My friend tells him that the mare standing in the field (ven tho pretty similar in color) was not Rain. He didnt believe her. She told him Rain was taken. Well, apparently Rain was the name of the horse still at that farm. My brother in law had picked and taken home the horse named Sierra, who is Mickey's horse, and was only being kept there! Wasnt supposed to be sold! The mutual friend had mixed up the horses and I dont thin kthe docotr even cared enough about them to tell them apart! Mickey the previous owner didnt remember that his horse had a star, not a blaze and was yelling its name "Sierra" to the actual horse named Rain....so I havent told my brother in law all of this bc Im not sure if this guys going to try to get her back or not. I dont want him worrying about it of being mad at me for being the bringer of bad news....Can this guy get the horse back? The pony had lamanitis and thrush! Our farrier recognized them when we called him to get them fixed, and said he only trimmed them once a year, and the last time he had seen the pony and trimmed it, her hooves were curled and touching her coronary band!
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post #2 of 32 Old 08-23-2011, 08:47 AM
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Short answer, if he has proof of ownership yes he can take the horse back. If he is giving the horse away and the doctor gave you guys those horses why doesn't this other person just take the horse called Rain?
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It would be the polite thing to return the horse and get the proper one. If it were you wouldn't you want your horse back?
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Put it all on the table. It is the right thing to do. What will be is what will be. Do the right thing.
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post #5 of 32 Old 08-24-2011, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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I would say "mickey" or whatever I called him would want THIS horse back, b/c shes better conformation and she's broken! I thiwill tell them, but I dont think my brother in law will give her up now either....
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post #6 of 32 Old 08-24-2011, 05:26 PM
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Your brother in law can't just keep someone else's horse. That would be theft. I am having trouble following the story but it sounds like 2 horses were the doctors to give away and one was effectively a boarders horse who was NOT the doctors to give away. Your brother in law took the wrong horse. So he needs to give it back and take the correct horse.
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post #7 of 32 Old 08-24-2011, 06:29 PM
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Wow, really? So if someone was given Your horse by mistake, it would be ok for them to keep it?
Your brother in law has to give the horse back, with apologies.
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Yea I can see that, but at the same time these thing are running through my head.
1) Not only the mare, but the gelding and ponyhad only one farrier appt a year... they had thrush and stone bruises....

2) Worms galore!

3) Mickey had spent such little time checking or spending time with this horse that he didnt even notice that he was talking to the wrong horse when it was standing right in front of them, and the only thing the two had in common was black and white paint....

4) He knew the doctor was selling the place and possessions, but didnt bother to check to make sure his horse was being kept there, being sold?

5) The doctor had no concern that this other guys horse was out there....

6) No one even remembered the pony's name!

7) He was going to give the mare away to my friend anyway! (granted she would be able to handle this horse much better)

This is whats keeping me from saying anything... especially seeing the condition of the pony's feet! But I'll tell my brother in law.... I'll do the right thing, but its up to him to do his part... But I really hope they dont take the pony back....
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Of course I would want my horse back, but at the same time I take care of my horse...
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I was also thinking too tho...if rain isnt rain and the other horse is rain, no wonder she's so rusty on riding! It hadnt been rode all winter....rain that is.... but apparently this isnt rain, so it hasnt been rode in 2 yrs!
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