This happened almost 2 years ago. My husband raised a little bay QH gelding and decided to sell him cheap to some friends of ours. The ONLY reason they ended up with him was because they promised they would continue to show the horse. He isn't anything you would expect to take to big shows, but he was nice enough for open shows and smaller breed shows. As soon as they got him they turned him into a lawn ornament. This horse craves attention and enjoys working for you and since he is just idle he cribs like crazy, won't keep weight on, just looks pitiful. None of them are smart enough to put a cribbing collar on him. They think they are doing him a favor by letting him be a horse, but it is ruining this now 5 year old horse that wants nothing more but to have a job. They finally had his feet trimmed after a year of neglect. They have other horses too and they really can't afford any of them due to job-loss. I told my husband he should have had them sign a contract...friends or not. Now he wishes that he had. Since he enjoyed helping their daughter learn to ride, he practically gave the horse to them. We had an interested buyer for him but took a huge loss just because we like this family so much. I don't know if there's anything we can legally do in this situation since there was no contract written up. Any suggestions out there would be appreciated.