How much of what was said has a document trail? For example, is there any mention of the registration side of the sale business in the horseís for sale ad (assuming that is how you found about the horse to start with)? I must confess to being under informed about the intricacies of the registration process but if the horse was offered as purebred and registrable at that time you may have a good argument for recouping the $500 from the person you bought from. Also, I donít suppose there would have been a condition mentioned in the bill of sale that stipulated the person would provide you with the appropriate paperwork for registration?
I think that, from a legal perspective, you will need to actually incur the expense before you can pursue a cost recovery case through small claims court (again, assuming there is one where you are). That means youíll have to pay the $500 and then go after the person to be reimbursed for the expense. Alternatively, itís a talk with a lawyer about alternatives to get you where you want to be and that may be a cost equal to or greater than the $500. If these avenues canít be done then all thatís left is to keep on the person until she agrees to reduce the purchase price by $500 or agrees to give you the $500 in cash - be persistent and firm here but not hostile or she may call the police and try to have charges of harassment/threats brought against you! Oh, finally carefully note and document everything you are doing about this for future reference.
Last edited by Chevaux; 02-22-2020 at 12:02 PM.