***Warning, LONG story ahead***
I board at a barn with two other boarders. One is a super nice woman, named Karen, who is very interested in adopting a horse rescued by my barn owners and she takes care of her. The other boarder is a boy my age who has a mare named Ming. From the story given, she was at a barn, owned by a man dying of cancer. Because he was sick, he couldn't care for Ming, so the boy's parents took her out of there and moved her to their backyard. She then gained weight but they wanted to move her and found my current barn. The boy and his father have been to the barn a few times before to help out and prepare for horses moving in. My barn owner, Frank, went to pick Ming up from the property. The father was standing on the side of the road with Ming and put her on the trailer and offered no help bringing her back. Frank drove back by himself and it took a total of three hours to get the horse because of traffic. When they arrived back, Marilynn, Frank's wife, was shocked. Ming needs at least 250 pounds. She's a 17.2 hand, mid-aged(?), Oldenburg used for eventing. She's very sweet but extremely cautious and can get very nervous. (Karen and I think she was abused because I tried putting her halter on for the farrier and she jumped away three times before letting me get it on. She leads very well. She kept jumping away from the farrier when getting her feet trimmed. She didn't have bad manners, but was showing that she was scared). She has scars on her neck that look like claw marks. I'll check her again all over to see if there's more later this week. Today's the third day that the boy was supposed to come and clean and help out at the barn. (Cleaning stalls for board is how my barn works). Marilynn and Frank have been rescuing for years but can no longer afford it. Karen and I were talking about what we should do with her if Ming does end up being abandoned. Marilynn wants to send her back because she doesn't have the time or money for her, although Karen and I would help out very much with her. My question is, did Ming's owners plan on dumping her? They're not rich, but not poor. My mom is getting more information on the law of returning horses. There's some form of law about selling a horse without permission from previous owners, or something, I'm not sure exactly what it is. Karen and I were saying that we could work with her and get her more confident around people and eventually find someone for her. I would just like to know everyone's opinion on this situation. If you have questions please ask! Thanks!