County takes up the matter of Grace, the horse

By: 
Liz Kearney

Grace’s future will be discussed at the Park County Commission meeting Tuesday morning. 

Grace, a brown female horse, belonged to Christopher Shaul, who was found dead of exposure on Daisy Pass near Cooke City on June 3. Shaul, 49, had apparently been on a trek over the Beartooths at a time of year of deep, heavy snow. Officials who discovered his body surmised he left his horse behind as he navigated Daisy Pass in search of help. 

Park County Coroner Al Jenkins estimated Shaul had been dead for two to three weeks when his remains were discovered. At the time, Jenkins asked the public to be on the lookout for the horse and also Shaul’s dog. 

Park County Deputy Coroner Kay Whittle continued to search the area as the snow melted and, a few weeks after Shaul’s body was found, she discovered the dog’s remains under some brush near where Shaul had been located.

Grace was discovered July 13 about 8 miles from where Shaul was found. She was malnourished and weak and had substantial injuries on the backs of her lower back legs, Jenkins said. 

Grace was brought to Livingston, where, under the care of Livingston Veterinary Hospital, has been doing well. 

“She’s getting sassy and gaining some weight,” Jenkins said Monday. 

Jenkins said he’s “cautiously optimistic” the horse will continue to gain weight and improve in health. 

Several people have been willing to step up and pay the vet bill while the county continues to find a permanent home for her, the coroner said.

The County Commission will discuss the horse at its 9 a.m. meeting Tuesday. 

Jenkins said anyone who agrees to take her will have to continue her medical care. 

Grace’s discovery and return to health has generated a lot of public attention, he said. 

“She’s made a lot of people happy,” Jenkins said. “I wish she could talk.”

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Liz Kearney may be reached at lkearney@livent.net.