Sorry you had to go through that OP. If you can take in good humor since this was the first time, you will feel better. But if they keep pushing, I would get quite annoyed very fast. Your horses are well cared for and well loved
I have personally called the HS on one occasion. We had been looking at a property for sale. The owner bought it as a short sale and had been renting it to the people who were getting foreclosed on. First off, they had at least eight horses on 5 acres of pasture (not a blade of grass left) and a whopping 4 small bales of hay. I could count the ribs of the horses as they stood at a distance from me. At the back of the pasture, there were horse skeletons laying there -in the pasture and the bones chewed up by the guy's dogs. So I emailed HS, they went out and there was nothing they could do legally. The horses were quite underweight, the guy told her that he was about to get some more hay, and guess what, he told the HS that is late teenager mare was going to get shot in the back of the pasture because of an injury to the knee!!! Let's see, you stopped paying your mortgage, you are struggling to pay a cheap rent to the guy you asked to buy your property from the bank, you have way more horses than you can feed, AND the stallion in the front paddock was a RECENT PURCHASE?!? But because of local laws, the HS is unable to do anything, even for the horse he is going to shoot (laws say this is perfectly fine so long as it is away from any roads) that likely never saw a vet and is going to be food for his three dogs. Since they were nearly done with the deer remains that were in the front yard and he did not bury the dead horses previously.