My horse was abused: Will I ever get justice?
My mom and I own a purebred Arabian mare. We don't own land so we have to find pastures that will allow us to keep our horse on them.
The place we keep her at now is very nice and well kept, but the owner, for lack of a better term is completely PSYCHOTIC. He doesn't let us use the water to give our mare fresh clean water, then accuses my mom of stealing his water when she brings her own.
There are two other horses on the land. Another Arab gelding and a beautiful appaloosa. The appy is owned by a lady who is also renting space and the arab is owned by the owners wife.
Our mare and the other arab do not get along, and has kicked, bitten and chased off our mare several times prior.
The appy on the other hand gets along with our mare just fine and will graze next to her and have never had any confrontations.
Just yesterday at roughly 8 oclock, my mom got a call from the owners wife, stating an accident happened.
Upon arrival, our mare had 20 scratches and a gash on her right eye, two open gashes on both her front knees, five bite marks on her rump and back and slashes on her chest, forelegs, armpit and flank and skinned marks on her back. In a dirt lot? Hardly believeable.
The owner admitted to letting all three horses out of their paddocks to let them gallop around WITHOUT our permission. She said she went inside to get her camera to take pictures and came back out to find our mare with scratches all over her. She said that "it all happened too fast" and didnt know what happened, yet also claimed that the appy was chasing our mare around and that she ran into her paddock, slipped and fell hitting her knees on a cinderblock and cut herself on a barbwire fence. Her story already doesnt add up. She saw what happened, but also didnt? She also claims there were witnesses to back up her story, but their property is surrounded by a wooden fence, where were these people to have seen what happened?
To make matters worse, my mom brought her two gallons of water and the owner accused her of stealing. Then when she asked for clean water, he tried to make her use the dirty drinking water that HE is in charge of cleaning to put on her wounds!
A vet came by and said that she may need stitches. Our horse did not deserve this and I believe the owner is lying about what all happened so she doesnt get in trouble.
Is this something I cant take to court or am I really forced to have our horse suffer and the people held reliable not punished??
I have pictures of the wounds if I need to post them.