University of Vermont AAHS

Indiana Liens for Services to Horses


NOTE:  Indiana has a farrier's lien but no liens specifically for veterinarians or breeders.  However, the Indiana agister's lien is broad enough to cover board charges for residential veterinarian or breeding services.

I.  Farrier's Lien



32-8-21-1 Shoeing animals or repairing vehicles; lien, precedence

Sec. 1. Every person who at the request of his owner or his authorized agent shall shoe, or cause to be shod by his employees, any horse, mule, ox or other animal, or shall repair any vehicle, or cause the same to be repaired by his employees shall have a lien upon the animal shod or vehicle repaired for his reasonable charge for shoeing or repairing the same, and each lien conferred by this chapter shall take the precedence of all other liens or claims thereon not duly recorded prior to recording claim of lien as hereinafter provided; but such lien shall not attach where the property has changed ownership prior to the filing of such lien.

32-8-21-2 Filing intention to claim lien; recording lien

Sec. 2. Any person desiring to secure the benefits of this chapter shall, within sixty (60) days after the shoeing of a horse, a mule, an ox or other animal, or repairing a vehicle, file with the recorder of the county in which the owner of the animal or vehicle resides claim for a lien in writing, setting forth the person's intention to claim a lien upon the animal or vehicle for the charges for shoeing or repairing. However, this lien shall be recorded in the miscellaneous record book in the recorder's office of the county. The recorder shall charge a fee in accordance with IC 36-2-7-10 for recording the lien.

32-8-21-3 Contents of claim for lien; expiration of lien

Sec. 3. Such claim for lien shall state the name and residence of the person claiming the lien, the name of the owner of the animal or vehicle sought to be charged with the lien and a description sufficient for indentification [FN1] of the animal or vehicle upon which the lien is claimed and the amount due the claimant, as near as may be, over and above all legal set-offs. The claim for lien filed with the recorder of the county under section 2 of this chapter shall expire and become void and of no effect if suit is not brought to foreclose the same within three (3) months after filing claim therefor.

32-8-21-4 Foreclosure of lien

Sec. 4. Said lien may be foreclosed in any circuit or superior court in the county wherein said lien is recorded.

32-8-21-5 Attorney's fees

Sec. 5. In all cases where the plaintiff recovers on said claim and said lien is foreclosed, the plaintiff shall recover and the court is hereby authorized to allow a reasonable fee for plaintiff's attorney for bringing and prosecuting said cause of action, all of which shall be recovered of and from the defendant and the property in controversy may be sold as in case of sales in foreclosure of chattel mortgages.

32-8-21-6 Construction of law

Sec. 6. This chapter shall in no way be construed to amend the law in effect on April 26, 1915, as applying to mechanics' liens.

II.  Agister's Lien



32-8-29-1 Feed and care bestowed upon livestock

Sec. 1. The keepers of livery stables and all others engaged in feeding horses, cattle, hogs and other livestock shall have a lien upon such property for the feed and care bestowed by them upon the same, and shall have the same rights and remedies as are provided for those persons having, before July 24, 1853, by law, such lien in IC 32-8-30.

32-8-30-1 Sale of property to satisfy unpaid charges

Sec. 1. Whenever any person shall entrust to any mechanic or tradesman materials to construct, alter, or repair any article of value, such mechanic or tradesman, if the same be completed and not taken away, and his fair and reasonable charges not paid, may, after sixty (60) days from the time such charges became due, sell the same; or, if the same be susceptible of division, without injury, he may sell so much thereof, as is necessary to pay such charges.

32-8-30-2 Notice of sale

Sec. 2. Before such sale, such mechanic or tradesman shall give notice of the amount due and the time and place of the sale by mailing a certified or registered letter, return receipt requested, to the last known address of the entrusting person or owner at least thirty (30) days before the date of the sale.

32-8-30-3 Proceeds of sale; disposition

Sec. 3. (a) The proceeds of a sale that takes place under section 1 of this chapter, after payment of charges for construction or repair and for giving notice by registered or certified mail, shall be:

(1) returned to the entrusting person or the owner if his identity and mailing address are known; or

(2) deposited with the treasurer of the county in which the construction or repair work was performed.

(b) If the entrusting person or owner does not claim the article within the thirty (30) days before the date of the sale and pay for the construction, alteration, or repair and provide reimbursement for the expenses of notification, the mechanic or tradesman may proceed with the sale pursuant to the terms of the notice.

32-8-30-4 Application of law

Sec. 4. The provisions of this chapter, except those of section 5 of this chapter, shall apply to all cases of personal property on which the bailee or keeper has, by law, a lien for any feed or care by him bestowed on such property; however, in cases where the person liable shall die before the expiration of sixty (60) days from the time such charges had accrued, such sale shall not be made until the expiration of sixty (60) days from the time of his decease.

32-8-30-5 Animals; perishable property; time for disposal of property

Sec. 5. In cases embraced in section 4 of this chapter, if the property bailed, or kept, be horses, cattle, hogs, or other livestock, and in all cases embraced in this chapter, where the property is of a perishable nature, and will be greatly injured by delay, the person to whom such charges may be due may, after the expiration of thirty (30) days from the time when such charges shall have become due, proceed to dispose of so much of such property as may be necessary, as hereinbefore provided.

32-8-30-6 Additional compensation taken from proceeds of sale

Sec. 6. Additional compensation for keeping and taking care of such property, necessarily incurred, may be taken from the proceeds of sale, as part of the charges.

32-8-30-8 Forwarding and commission merchant

Sec. 8. Any forwarding and commission merchant having a lien upon goods which may have remained in store for one (1) year or more, may proceed to advertise and sell, at public auction, so much thereof as may be necessary to pay the amount of the lien and expenses, according to the provisions of this chapter.

32-8-30-9 Receipt for entrusted articles

Sec. 9. All mechanics, tradesmen, or bailees taking advantage of this chapter, at the time of the entrusting, must issue a receipt to the person entrusting the article to them. The receipt must conspicuously state, "All articles left on the premises after work is completed may be sold for charges.".

Reviewed by AAHS in August 2001.

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