A couple of people found a stray mini stallion wandering down the road.
They were able to walk him down to my in-laws house (the next nearest residence) to see if he was theirs, which he isn't.
They had to leave him there, and my in-laws asked someone they knew to own minis if he was theirs - also no.
They're going to ask around locally to see if anyone is missing him.
I advised that they NOT tell anyone what he looks like to make sure the right owner is able to describe him to take him home.
They have him set up in a borrowed horse trailer for the night, and if no owner comes forward, then he'll be coming to our house.
We have an empty pasture we can put him in to keep him safe and allow more time to find the rightful owner.
He's healthy, in good condition, but kind of mean - at the least, he bites.
It makes me wonder if he was a pet who was turned loose on purpose, or dumped at a nearby farm.
Here's my questions -
1.) How long do we give the owner to come forward?
We plan on contacting animal control, and listing him in the newspaper to see if anyone claims him.
2.) If he's not claimed within a certain amount of time, how can we declare formal ownership so someone doesn't turn up at our farm saying we stole their horse?