Man dies after single kick from one t...

Man dies after single kick from one ton horse

There are 38 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jun 29, 2008, titled Man dies after single kick from one ton horse. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich - A Byron Center man has died hours after being kicked in the head by a Belgian horse said to weigh nearly 2,500 lb.

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New York, NY

#1 Jun 29, 2008
Bob was a horse lover his whole's very ironic that the one thing he loved the most in life also ended his life. He will be greatly missed.

Colorado Springs, CO

#2 Jun 29, 2008
Prayers to the victim and his family.

Big Rapids, MI

#3 Jun 29, 2008
That may be so.........however - from what I understand about some guys in the horse pull circut they train these big animals by being down right mean. They use electric prods or polls with nails in them in order to control the horse.
You can tell the difference if the horse leaps forward when hooked to the rig- before a command is spoken.
Horses are generally pretty gentle by nature but will kick when spooked. Anyone who is mean to an animal is usually not nice to his human counter part. I hope Bob was one of the good guys who was just in the wrong place at just the right time. A very sad time- but remember - it's a horse and an unfortunate accident.
Let's not make glue out of it quite yet.
froggy log

Traverse City, MI

#4 Jun 29, 2008
My condonlences to the family on this tragic accident.

Wyoming, MI

#5 Jun 29, 2008
I wonder if something spooked him?

Caledonia, MI

#6 Jun 29, 2008
Very sad. Prayers to his family and friends. Obviously he had a passion for horses.

Bridgman, MI

#8 Jun 29, 2008
I am so very sorry for this man and his family. Working around horses can be dangerous - because of their size and they are basically easily scared. While my heart goes out to Mr. Hunt's family, I pray that I don't read about anything happening to this horse. Please remember that they are animals - they don't think logically like we do.
Hamilton Mom

Caledonia, MI

#9 Jun 29, 2008
This is so sad. I feel bad for his family but I too am a little concerned about why this horse kicked him. These draft horses are usually gentle giants and go out of their way to avoid hurting anyone.

Plainwell, MI

#10 Jun 29, 2008
Reading the article, sounds like the horse had it in for him.
Gail in Wyoming

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Jun 29, 2008
What a horrible accident! My condolences to his family and friends.

Hart, MI

#12 Jun 29, 2008
I think Wood TV needs to check the facts. Belgians are very large, powerful horses, but they usually only grow to around 2,000lbs., not 2,500. In fact, the world's largest living horse is a Belgian, but he weighs in at only 2,400lbs.
My condolences go out to the family. Working with horses my whole life, including lighter weight saddle horses and the heavier draft breeds, I can understand the potentiality for such an accident and realize it goes along with the sport. I think the fact that the horse broke this gentleman's arm years ago has nothing to do with this unfortunate accident.
Horses are constantly in motion, there could be any number of explanations for him kicking out.-Kicking at an annoying fly, adjusting his weight, showing a sore spot as he was groomed, etc. These horses possess an enormous amount of weight and power and even the most innocent motion can be crushing to a human or anything else in their way.
Anyone who believes this horse "had it out" for his owner are crazy and give the horse more credit than he deserves. It was an unfortunate accident.

United States

#13 Jun 29, 2008
I think many of us forget how many things we do can be very dangerous. I ride a scooter now, but rode a motorcycle. Even driving entails risk. We forget just how tenuous life can be sometimes. Have to enjoy each minute & not get too comfortable or complacent. I am sure the man enjoyed the horse & his hobby.

“Go Red Wings!!!”

Since: Oct 07

Plainfield Township MI

#15 Jun 29, 2008
I find it sad that people feel the need to make jokes about a man's death. People who work with large animals (like draft horses) know that there are risks. However, they still devote their lives to taking care of these animals. Perhaps those who find humor in someone's death would not find it so funny if someone they cared about died and people made fun of their loved one.

Secaucus, NJ

#18 Jun 29, 2008
Also my prayers to a very nice family, may God comfort you in your time of need, due to this freak accident!

United States

#19 Jun 29, 2008
This is very unfortunate. Best wishes to the family.
A horsepullers wife

Matteson, IL

#21 Jun 30, 2008
Hamilton Mom wrote:
This is so sad. I feel bad for his family but I too am a little concerned about why this horse kicked him. These draft horses are usually gentle giants and go out of their way to avoid hurting anyone.
First of all my condolences go out to his wife and his son and daughter. Bob was a good man and a great horseman. To your comment, yes horses can be gentle but like any animal they can be deadly. This man was clipping his horse in a shoeing stock when the horse got spooked and kicked him in the back of the head. It had nothing to do with the way the animal was treated. It was a accident and it isn't the first that has happened with a draft horse. Also the belgian can way 2,500 pds. Maybe you should come to a pull and you could learn a lot from it it is a fun hobby for these horsemen like Bob Hunt. Again my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Aurora, CO

#24 Jun 30, 2008
Checker wrote:
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I think people like you are a bother to society, and human mankind. Get a life, cause obviously you aren't fit to feel bad about one damn thing,and where do you get off making a comment like that? You just plain bug me, get off this comment page!
I agree ...what a low life human!

Ypsilanti, MI

#25 Jun 30, 2008
I have known the Hunt family my entire life, Bob was a horseman among horseman. Bob was known for immaculate care he gave to his horses, and yes, Bob's horses are right there in that 2400 to 2500 lb. range. I've been along many times when my father and Bob wighed their teams, and I've seen the scale tickets. Bob was very dedicated to equine nutrition, and always sought the best feed and care for his animals. This was an accident plain and simple. And as I am sure anyone who has had horses will tell you, you accept the risks of ownership along with the joy. Bob was a gracious competitor within the sport of horse pulling, and my prayers go out to his wife, kids and grandkids.

Lansing, MI

#26 Jun 30, 2008
Betty wrote:
The biggest shock is that "rval2" has not weighed in on this one yet. Maybe "rval2" is preparing its forthcoming 2,000 posts on this topic. I can't wait to hear from "rval2," since "rval2" seems to have all the answers.
And you are posting about this for..........

Allegan, MI

#27 Jun 30, 2008
Now isn't this just a kick in the teeth... My condolences to the family.

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