I'm inquiring for a friend who finds herself with a horse on her property that the owners have not come out to care for, paid for anything, or moved horse out when asked. Owner is a co worker of "Jane's" and Jane let horse move in with the understanding that owners would bring their own hay. Owners dropped off 30 bales in early Nov and haven't been back since. Horse has been at Jane's since Sept. 06.
This is what I know...
-horse is hot and hard to deal with, Jane does not want horse
-Jane did not get an agreement in writing
-owners have paid no board or even offered financially to help other that the initial 30 bales of hay.
-owners do not show up to care for horse or help Jane in any way.
-Jane has asked owners to remove horse in late Dec as cost and work load were too much.
-Owners claim they are trying to sell horse. $2500 for a too hot Arab gelding, not handled 5yr old in Dec in NW Ont Canada is toooo much. Won't sell anytime soon.
-Horse has a nasty case of scratches owner hasn't been out to deal with since horse showed up at Jane's in Sept.
-I know there are laws about this kind of thing. Is this considered abandonment?
Please offer any advice as Jane needs to have this horse gone from her property ASAP. How long does one have to wait before is is called an abandonment situation?
We are in Ont Canada, but any advice would be great.
I have advised her to draft a letter, register it, and have it outline what needs to happen(removal of horse) by a specified time or horse will become property of Jane and will be dealt with as she see fit.
I hope this was good advice for her to start with. Please advise!!