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I would do as you plan and file your court case. You can include in the complaint or petition that the title or ownership of the horse be transferred to you as damages. You will also want to file a personal property lien on the horse with the Secretary of State once you have a judgment against her.
Once you have the judgment, you can file a Notice of Judgment Lien with the Secretary of State. Information and a link to the form is here: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/smallclaims/collectlien.htm
I would recommend you hire an attorney to assist you since she has assets you can seize for the judgment in addition to the horse. You should be able to get your attorney's fees and costs as part of your damages.
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