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I run a boarding facility in OH and we try to run it in a "family oriented environment", with no loud music or dogs. This past summer a 18-year girl came to us wanting a horse really bad. She had recently just sold her previous horse of owning for several years. She offered to clean stalls, feed horses, and put them out in the mornings; in exchange for free board of her new horse. Sounded like a great arrangement!!! She is under no contract. Two months went by without incident, then one day my wife went to the barn and found all horses still in, un-fed, and stalls a mess at 1:00 in afternoon. The first few times, either she would just take care of them or get the kids involved and take care of them. Now, its getting old. Eventually, I had to intervene and call her. She began to have multiple excuses why she either couldn't do the chores or even show up; over a period of time we found ourselves doing the chores all the time. In the meantime, she acquired a horse and brought it in to the barn. I was providing her with hay, saw dust, stall, water, and pasture. Over time, weather has began to worsen and now the neighbors are advising me of her horse being left out 24/7. I have spoken with her several times about the care of the horse and being left outside in below 32 degree temps and during electrical storms and still no change. I've spoken to her about our agreement and encouraged her to maintain her end of the bargin or she can start paying board. She has since ran out of food and now hay. The horse is simply surviving in the pasture on only grass and water. I gave her until end of October to move her tack and horse, and to this day everything is still as it was for the last several months. The only difference now is my family is feeling sorry for the horse and now we're bringing it at night giving it grain 2x daily and hay at night. I've tried to call her and have had no luck. I have spoken a few times with her via text and keeps giving me excuses dragging this out. I just want her to get her tack and horse and go. Any suggestions?
 

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Sounds to me like you have a new horse. Since you haven't been paid, by money or work, for her board, you have "custody" of the horse now. Just going by other threads where similar things have happened, you may have to go to court if you want any payment back from her- if you get in touch with her.

While I can't really give you any advice, I just want to wish you good luck!
 

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If you have no contract with her I'm not sure what legally you can do. I'm assuming that you could always take the horse and tell her that it's for you shelling out the money to take care of it (because technically she didn't pay board). If you really don't want the horse I suggest calling her and saying that if she doesn't pick him up and move him and her stuff then he's being sold. Be sure to check up on your laws though because you certainly don't want it backfiring on you.

(Me and my BO were in a similar situation once, when the people didn't come get their horse, or pay her we took it to their house which was in the city and put it in their backyard with a note on the door that said: "Problem solved".) Good luck this is certainly not easy.
 

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This is a classic abandonment case with it being so long since shes done anything the horse is legally yours. But just in case check with the state. I would send her a written registered letter to pay amount owed or consider the horse abandoned.

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Since you have nothing in writing, it will make everything more difficult for you. I would send her a certified letter informing her that she must have her horse and tack gone by X date and notify her of what she owes you for the feed, board, etc.. If she doesn't respond and move her horse, then take legal action.
 

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My registered letter would tell her to pay up by X date or the horse will be going to the first auction that's always well attended by kill buyers. That might jar her pickles. I suspect she's tangled up with a fellow and wants to spend her time with him, and if she has any money she's likely not going to be spending it on a horse.
 

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Is the horse struggling in any way? My horse was on "just grass and water" all summer and was almost over weight. Not all horses need grain and hay. I don't know if not coming out to feed is "abandoned." My horses were also in pasture year round, no matter the weather. While they still had shelter, they usually chose to stay outside. They are tougher than we think. And since you don't have a contract...:/. Do you know if this girl has her bill of sale/registration papers for the horse? If not, the horse is on YOUR property so I wouldn't see any issue of just considering it yours, if she really has "abandoned" it.
 

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Most horses prefer to be outside if there's a companion horse or two. Caging a horse goes against it's nature to be able to sprint away from a predator. Yes, a stall is a cage and the horse becomes the trapped animal. Supplemental hay may be needed but not grain if the horse is not being ridden. People who don't have a long history with horses are inclined to overfeed which has more to do with feeling guilty if they don't. A horse's gut is designed for fiber, not grains.
 

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Really really easy. Go down to the county court house and you get the horse when she pays you the money she owes you. Since that would probably never happen, you should go ahead and treat the horse as your own-as it is.

You may want to call her and save a trip to court if she signs the horse over to you.
 
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