Please bear with me this could get lengthy...
About two years ago a member of my family divorced her husband. Her kids chose to stay with their dad and cut off communication with her. She left all her horse with her daughter who rode until she realized they weren't being taken care of. Then she picked them up and they came to live with me, since she had no place to keep them. Her husband got the only horse their daughter technically owned in the divorce. I was left caring for four horses at said family member expense. I took up riding and formed a bond with an old barrel racing gelding. She eventually said I could have him.
For the past year and a half he has been mine, I pay for all his expenses and she has since taken her horses with her. He is receiving better care than he ever has and looks amazing for a 22 year old. We still compete in barrel races and he still runs in the 3D. This horse is my world. Every dime I have goes to making him comfortable and healthy. He's finally on the proper feed, worming schedule, and is getting his feet trimmed regularly and correctly. I couldn't stand to see him go anywhere but with me.
Last week my mom and this family member had a falling out and she's claiming she never gave me the horse that it was her daughters horse and she never said I could have him. Which is a lie. Now she's claiming she's going to come pick him up. She hasn't yet but threatened it.
I have been stressed to the max ever since. My mom insists we will buy a horse and I've found a few I like. But I want my old man, my baby. I don't know exactly what my right to the horse is? I have been looking at horses but I can't afford two and I don't know if I should keep a horse that could possibly be taken from me or buy one of my own spend my money on it and give the horse I have now back, even tho I think he's rightfully mine.
Please help? I'm heartbroken and so confused. I have no one who understands or can offer any advice
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