I am still unclear on old-man and Aria....
The owner left the island...forever?
Just walked away from her horses, did not leave you in ownership capacity but expects you to fully pay for their care?
Sorry, to me that is not a lease but animal abandonment to you and if how I wrote it is true then to me you do have the right to euthanize old-man as he is yours...
Leases, at least the ones I've ever been part of never had the owner of said animal just disappear and dump full cost and responsibility on me...
She left island for a year because her daughter wanted to spend the last year of school on the mainland. I’m not mad. That was the plan all along, and I am actually quite glad I’m the sole person in care of those guys. It’s easier not to have to share responsibility..
Supposedly, owner is coming back after a year, but people come and go around here. So I wont hold my breath. Anyway, When people are not here, it’s like they may as well be on Mars. LOL. It’s like hawaii exists in a different dimension from most civilised places. And for sure there is no such thing as a “normal” horse lease here. Most horse owners here dont really know any more than I do.
Back on the mainland, my feeling was that if someone left something on my property, or in my care, for more than a month, it was “mine.” However, folks on Kauai seem to have different rules about ownership.
I’m not too worried about old man, though. The owner knows he’s on borrowed time. If at some point I feel like he’s taken a turn for the worse, I can get the farrier, the vet tech, and the ranch owner to agree with me. And if I text the owner with the back-up of those trusted, local people, I’m sure she’ll be okay with whatever I choose.
The farrier and ranch owner (who are very respected in the local horse community) see me all the time. They know I’m all-in taking care of Aria and Old Man. they also know that the horses’ previous owner hadn’t been on the ranch much in the previous couple years.
My feeling all along has been that I will eventually slide into outright ownership of these horses. The owner adores Old Man. He was her Horse of a Lifetime. But once he passes, I dont think she’ll want Aria.
I know its hard to understand, from a mainland perspective, how things work out here. On the mainland, ownership and responsibility are very cut and dry. Here, its all about respect and who you know.
when it comes down to it, Hawaii is essentially Polynesia.