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Just as with estray horses, aban­doned horses are not sub­ject to the “find­ers keep­ers” rule. If you pur­chase a prop­erty and find out the owner has left his/her horses there, they may con­vey with the prop­erty, but you’ll need to check with your re­al­tor. If you be­lieve a horse has been aban­doned on a piece of prop­erty, the sit­u­a­tion nor­mally falls un­der the state’s ne­glect or cru­elty law and must be handled by law en­force­ment.

Other rules may govern equine abandonmen­t in board­ing sit­u­a­tions. If you run a board­ing barn or sim­ply al­low some­one to keep their horses on your prop­erty, a case of abandonmen­t prob­a­bly falls un­der your state’s agri­cul­tural lien statutes. A sta­ble­man’s lien, for ex­am­ple, may stip­u­late that a board­ing barn op­er­a­tor may de­tain an an­i­mal un­til the mon­eys due for its care and/or other ser­vices are paid.

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