He wasn't stolen, technically, but my mom gave him back to the woman we bought him from for retirement purposes. However, she gave him back to the Boukarts (I know I spelled that wrong) as a debt and resold him without telling us. I found out midway through my first year of college that she did this and I've hit nothing but dead ends in trying to locate him.
So now... I'm more actively trying to find out where he is, since someone else owns him, but I still have the rights to him. I have his passport and other documentation proving my ownership.
On the first quote that I've bolded:
He wasn't stolen
at all, technically or otherwise. Your mother, who was your legal guardian and actual owner of the horse since I'm assuming you were a minor at the time, gave him away.
What that person did afterward with him was perfectly legal, as was whatever the next set of owners did.
On the second quote I've bolded:
You have no rights
to this horse, regardless of the fact that you're holding his papers. Papers do not
denote ownership, except perhaps to the breed registry. If that were the case, many horses wouldn't belong to their current owners since their papers never followed them, or were lost somewhere along the way.
The only person you should be angry with is your mother, not the people who were given or sold the horse. They did nothing wrong, and you have no legal recourse concerning this animal unless you want to sue your own mother for financial compensation.
What do you expect if do you find him? That whoever owns him is just going to hand him over to you? Yeah, not thinking that's going to happen.
If you want to find out if he's well cared for, that's fine. However, if you think you're going to waltz in and get the horse back, you're living in fantasy land.
You can offer to buy
him from whoever owns him now, but there's nothing you can do if they say no.