Help us get back our horses!
Earlier this year we adopted two horses from a woman who claimed she rescued them. Spanky, a 9 year old gelded thoroughbred (whom she told us was 6) and Char, a 20-25 year old Appaloosa mare (that she told us was 14) to ride as pleasure horses. We've paid board for these horses every month. We've purchased additional feed and bedding for them as well. Char, the mare has been lame most of the time due to injuries received at the stables. No one who works there noticed these injuries even though they caused her to limp. On May 22, Char dropped a surprise foal that we, as the owners, named Katie. No one who works there had noticed that Char was pregnant either. We've been taking care of all routine worming, farrier and dental work. We have paid for all of their shots. We paid for their Coggins tests, which, by law, should have been performed before bringing either horse on to the stable property. We have receipts for expenses we've paid. Even though we can't ride Char as we had intended (so Spanky hasn't been ridden in several months either) we have driven the 40 miles to the stable to work with Katie, groom, care for and love all three horses.
Since Katie's birth, we feel we need to move the horses closer to home so we can provide the necessary care and attention all the horses, specially Katie, needs. Upon advising the stable owner of our plans, she announced that we have been "leasing" her horses and she wants to be paid $2,000 to cover her expenses. Of course, she didn't have expenses as we have provided all care. The horses had both been on her property for several months and she didn't provide even the most basic horse health care. They had not been wormed, their hooves had not been trimmed and both had teeth that the Dental Vet we hired said were in terrible condition. In addition, we have been going there to tend to Char's legs which they have never done anything about. Char's latest wound, which she received some time in May while out in the pasture, has required daily attention to tend to proud flesh, infection and possible tendon damage.
We went to collect our horses today and were denied access to them. We had already contacted the Sheriff's Office to advise them of our plans and that we feared it wouldn't go well. She called 911, we called 911. The responding officer assures us that we have a strong case in court but that we do, in fact, have to go to court. Upon police involvement the stable owner told us that the horses would be gone tonight. We fear this means them going to the meat market where she has several friends (it wouldn't be the first time she sent a rescue horse there when she couldn't get someone else to pay for it). Clearly, the horses mean nothing to her. If she could have sold them, as she claims she could have, she wouldn't have had to involve us in the first place. She asked for our help, we didn't go to her. She never asked for money other than for board, she never used the term lease and she never referred to any of these horses as anything but ours. A lawsuit could take a long time, and while we are prepared to make our case we are scared for the health and well-being of our horses.
Everything that happens, be it the good, the bad and the downright miserable define who we are.
Last edited by tinyliny; 07-01-2012 at 12:12 AM.
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