More Horses Released at Snow Mountain Stables, Owner Seeks Court Hearing

One of the horses seized by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office last week from Snow Mountain stables during an animal abuse investigation at the Harmony Equine Center in Franktown on Monday. Granby veterinarian Mike Brooks said the majority of horses at Snow Mountain Stables were in good physical condition.
Mike Brooks/Courtesy Photo

On Wednesday, 52 horses were returned to Snow Mountain Stables owner Jim Peterman amid an animal abuse investigation.

Earlier this month, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into Snow Mountain Stables in Granby for allegations of cruelty, including malnutrition and untreated injuries. The investigation resulted in the seizure of 144 horses, which were transferred to Harmony Equine Center in Franktown on January 11 and 12.

A horse was euthanized by the sheriff’s deputy at Snow Mountain Stables due to severe malnutrition and injuries that prevented the horse from traveling safely, according to the sheriff’s office.

During the two-day assessment for the Sheriff’s Office investigation, 38 horses were released in Peterman.

Through his lawyer, Peterman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday regarding the seizure of his horses and a hearing is scheduled for Monday.

After a few days with the horses at Harmony Equine Center, another 52 were handed over to Peterman.

Laurie Peterson, vice president of marketing and communications for the Denver Dumb Friends League, which operates the Harmony Equine Center, did not comment on the release of the 52 horses. Ninety-one horses remain at the Harmony Equine Center.

A statement from the Denver Dumb Friends League said the horses had been evaluated and treated by three veterinarians and continued to be monitored.

Peterman told Sky-Hi News on Wednesday that he would not comment at this time on the advice of his lawyer. However, Granby veterinarian Mike Brooks, who has treated Snow Mountain Stables horses for two years, spoke out against the allegations, saying he had never seen any signs of abuse.

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