Have you contacted NetPosse yet? They research these things enough that, if they publicize your case, it will lend credibility to your situation, as at face value, your story leaves me with a lot of questions... including how long was the agreement for the friend to care for your horse, and how long was the horse actually in the friend's care?
Personally, I'd be reluctant to tell you if I saw "your" horse at this point, until I spoke with all parties and saw the facts (contracts for care, etc) myself. NetPosse will basically do that for you... I'm just telling you this from the perspective of someone who's help you are appealing to.
The story of a stolen horse is always a sad one, but there are so many variables that go into equine care and keeping contracts, laws and situations, that situations get cloudy and sticky in a hurry. I'm not trying to personally offend you - I sincerely hope this situation is remedied appropriately... however, these are things to take into consideration when you find yourself in such a cruddy position.
I will keep positive thoughts for you .. I hope you find him .. your doing all the right things.. I think it is Wrong that the police wont do anything if you have all your paperwork she had no right to sell him and that is theft. And if the pesron who bought him does not return him they are in trouble for keeping stolen property
The woman said the the barn owner sold him to her for $5,000 which isn't even close to what he's worth. She told her(The woman who bought him) that he was HER horse and she lost his papers and would give them to her when she found them. Which is a LIE because I have the papers locked away in a safe. I am MOST definitely pressing charges again the woman who sold him but not bought him since she was in the dark about everything. She was very polite and gave him back, I advised her to call a lawyer because I want to be sure she gets every penny back. And repay her for the vet bills because right before he left, They starved and beat my horse. He has many many cuts, welts, scrapes all over his body. And won't let anyone near him right now, But, The woman who has him put me on speaker phone when we we're talking and I heard my horse scream in the back ground. My baby was calling out for me.. He must be so scared. I'm going to see him very soon and I'll post a video link that I put up on youtube. For those who want to watch. Thank you all for your support and help!