Mustang, no BI?
Hi guys, I've just sort of been stalking the forums for a bit and haven't really seen a situation close enough to mine so I thought I'd post and get some advice/feedback. I don't know a whole lot about BI laws, or mustangs.
I'm in CO, I know Brand Inspection is required.
I might be stupid to consider this at all but I've found a horse I want to buy, however, he does not have a BI. He is a mustang, I don't know if that makes a difference as far as tracking him by his freeze brand or not so I'll throw it out there.
His story is that his original owner asked a neighbor with property if she could watch their horse, the owner's husband was ill and they needed help. Well weeks turned into months, months turned into a year. The neighbor made attempts to have the owner take him back but the husband's health was declining so the neighbor continued to watch the horse. The husband passed and the owner basically disappeared leaving the horse with the neighbor, who is now his current owner.
There was never a BI done to change owner ship, this has been close to ten years now. The current owner ended up taming him and keeping him and just adding him to her herd. She has recently been diagnosed with some long term health issues and is in the process of thinning her herd.
He is a BLM mustang, his brand is hard to read however but I do have pictures of it.
He has no coggins or papers either.
As I said I may be incredibly stupid to consider this and maybe I just need someone to tell me that! I did not find out any of this until after I'd ridden him for three hours and worked with him for another hour, he's the first horse I've connected with for a long while but I don't want that to get in the way of doing something incredibly stupid, I also don't want something stupid to get in the way of having a great riding partner.
Any suggestions? Would a bill of sale from the lady be enough to get a new BI?
I'm looking to get into barrel racing and have no idea how this would effect showing, I would need one to cross state lines for sure.
I have called our local BI office, the desk lady just kept saying that I would not be able to prove the horse were mine were it stolen, or sold for meat. I'm more concerned about getting pulled over and having him taken from me or being fined. She had no real answers for me so I am waiting for a call back from the BI himself but was curious if anyone out there knew of what I can do or if I should just back out now...
Thank you all for your time and knowledge!