My mother is interested in buying 2 horses. One is the mother of my horse, and the other is of the same breed.
The woman selling these horses is boarding them at a local facility, and the manager of said facility is trying to sell the horses for her. When I bought my mare, I got the impression that the owner did NOT pay board, and that all of the funds received from my mare were going towards paying the back board (i.e., board she owed from months before, that she had never paid).
Well, I found out that both mares were trained in another state on the east coast (Why? Who knows!). I contacted those people to see if they could tell me anything about the 2 horses. I did this to obtain an outside opinion, as the manager trying to sell these horses was giving me a line of "outstanding" crap about them, when I know that they're nothing special.
The email that I received back from the people on the east coast pretty much said, "I'm sorry, we can't give you any information about her horses. We're currently in a legal dispute regarding funds that she never paid us to train and board her horses."
So apparently there is nothing new with the owner!
My question is this, for whoever ends up buying these horses:
What if the facility on the east coast would try to seize these horses? If they were sold, would the buyer have to give them up? I'm assuming that the woman that owns them would just have to pay the board and training fees that are owed. But I'm not really sure. That's why I'm checking. It'd be a sticky situation to get yourself in to! Some facilities will call the law on you if you don't pay them for training or board, and I've heard that they could claim the animal until fees are paid.