Under Section 183 of the New York State Lien Law a boarding stable can place a lien on a horse for unpaid boarding fees and even detain the horse if the lien is not paid. Pursuant to Article 9 of the New York Lien Law, the boarding stable may foreclose on the lien by selling the horse to satisfy the outstanding boarding fees. Said law includes certain notice requirements and the horse owner has a right of redemption before the sale.
Boarding stables may wish to consult an attorney about including a provision in their boarding contract that allows the stable to recover legal fees in the event that the stable needs to exercise its rights under the New York Lien Law.
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Bedford, New York 10506-0022