I wish I didn't know so much about this, but it is very close to home for me right now. My friend / riding partner leased out a horse to a woman who moved him without telling her (a violation of their contract) to a very expensive boarding facility, and then abandoned him there and moved away herself leaving no forwarding info. The boarding facility knew the horse was leased but did not know who the actual owner was so they never contacted her. My friend finally located the horse but the facility is seeking almost $6k in back board. They have a lien on the horse even though they know that the leaser owes the money, not the owner. My friend is working with Rachel at Equine Legal Solutions but it is a real mess. See this: http://www.equinelegalsolutions.com/nonpayingboarders-legalremedies.html
From ELS: California Civil Code Section 3080 provides California persons and businesses with an automatic lien on their customersí horses to satisfy debts incurred in caring for or providing services to those horses, such as boarding and health care. This type of lien is sometimes called an agisterís lien, and it means the facility can refuse to allow a customerís horses to leave until the bill for those horses is paid in full. There is more info at the link I provided.
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