Man dies after single kick from one ton horse

Full story: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

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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“Fageddaboudit”

Since: Apr 08

Red Arrow Country

#29 Jun 30, 2008
shep wrote:
Reading the article, sounds like the horse had it in for him.
"Reading the article...." something you obviously didn't do. You're just a moron.
Tom

Utica, MI

#30 Jun 30, 2008
Belgian Glue!!
Batch 37 Pain is Good

Barnesville, OH

#31 Jun 30, 2008
Just an observation. How come when a dog attacks a person, it gets put down. A horse kills someone and nothing is done to the horse? Thoughts and prayers to the family.....
horse person

Grand Rapids, MI

#32 Jun 30, 2008
Batch 37 Pain is Good wrote:
Just an observation. How come when a dog attacks a person, it gets put down. A horse kills someone and nothing is done to the horse? Thoughts and prayers to the family.....
My mom fell off her horse and broke her pelvis and her elbow. We didnt even think about putting him down. He didn't intentionally make her fall off. He spooked and reacted the way god intended-he ran from the scary object. The horse that killed this man was not trying to hurt him, he was probably stomping a fly and the mans head just happened to be there. Ive been hit in the head by a horse because they were stomping flys. there is an inherent risk when working with horses. they are big, they are powerful they are livestock, and they are not pets. They can hurt and even kill you unintentionally. As an owner, I know this. My condolences to the family.
horse gal

Detroit, MI

#33 Jun 30, 2008
My prayers go out to the family and friends of this man. He will be truely missed.

I have been around horses my entire life. Some horse spook very easily and others just don't care about what is happening around them. This was an accident and nothing more. I love my horses. I have been bit, stepped on, and thrown by horses, but I will never blame the horse for anything. Horses are very smart and pick up on things easily. For all those who say yes to destroying the horse, you really need to grow a heart.
Dca - Crystal MI

Essexville, MI

#34 Jun 30, 2008
Horses kick, anyone who has truly been around horses know that they will kick. They donít have to be provoked to do so they can do it because they are mean and youíre just plain in the wrong place at the wrong time. Iíve been around horses my entire life as well and let me tell you the first thing I learned from my father and grandfather was never to put distance between me and the back end of a horse. The closer you are to their hind quarters the less impact a kick will have. This man must have put himself in a spot of complete trust in this horse and it cost him his life. He may have been cleaning the hooves or standing too far behind the horse when it decided to kick at something. Whatever the case may be these animals can kill no matter their size, but understand there are very few horses that do it intentionally and then itís usually because they are protecting their space or themselves. I was kicked in the face by a 4 day old filly and just a fraction of an inch to the right may have killed me instead of split my nose wide open. Iíve been run over by ponies and horses during my youth. I was kicked in the face by an adult horse and bitten by another who was mad because she didnít want to stand in a stall all week at fair. Iíve done stupid things because Iíve trusted the horse and sometimes Iíve gotten away with it and other times Iíve been hurt. I know dozens of people who have escaped death and live with their injuries and yet I know other people who have lost their lives. When I started training horses in my 20ís I tried to buy health insurance, the insurance companies said they wouldnít insure someone in my line of work because it was considered too dangerous. I agree will all of those comments that say as horse people we have to except the risk if we want to own a horse, we all know it and those that donít shouldnít have horses.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Bob's. He must have been a wonderful man
O HOW I HATE WOODTV 8

Grand Rapids, MI

#35 Jun 30, 2008
Horses are flighty creatures....They are nothing but a waste of good hay and grain.
Dia - Six Lakes MI

Essexville, MI

#37 Jun 30, 2008
Marion wrote:
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.
I'm not sure I completely agree with some of the negative comments. First not all horses are gentle by nature, they are animals and they do have a survival instinct and will act like wild animals if not properly trained and after being trained their instincts will still kick in. Like anything else (i.e. a dog) a horse takes on some personality traits from the person or people who raise and train it. How gentle or friendly a horse is depends on how much attention they get and the style of training used as well as their own genetic makeup just like humans. Iíve had horses that were well trained and treated nicely yet they just didnít like people. At one time we had two colts that were days apart, one didnít want anything to do with people and the other thought he was one of us or a dog or something, he followed us and trusted every move we made from the moment he was born. The other didnít trust anyone or anything and was jumping at every move. Neither one of these babies were treated differently but they had different mothers and the same father. The difference was that one mother didnít like people and the other one did thatís genetics. Yes I do agree that some people abuse their horses and yes some trainers use harsh training techniques, but to assume everyone does based on a horse with an attitude youíre completely wrong. As for this article there is no evidence that shows that Bob was an abusive type of person. There are a lot of people holding him in high regards and commenting on how well he treated/cared for his horses. Iím sorry but from your comments I can only ASSUME you are an animal rights person and you know nothing about horses and nothing about the people you accuse. For anyone to assume that he must have been abusive based on the fact that he was kicked and previously broke his arm while handling the same horse is very sad. In fact not only will I pray for this man, his family and his horses but Iíll even pray for you because youíre shedding a very negative light on an already sad story. Iím sure the comments youíve made along with some of the other clueless, cruel people will hurt his family about as much as their loss. Shame on all of you for being mean in the face of this familyís tragedy. And for those of you who want the horse put down youíre wrong and itís not your call anyway, the family will decide what will happen to that horse.
Rhonda Plummer

United States

#38 Jun 30, 2008
Tragic accident.... Nothing more...That's all it
Rhonda Plummer

United States

#39 Jun 30, 2008
sick puppy wrote:
or was it hoof and mouth disease?
This is dumb.
AngelEyes

Holland, MI

#40 Jun 30, 2008
Rhonda Plummer wrote:
<quoted text> This is dumb.
Totally agree!! Get a life....
Batch 37 Pain is Good

Barnesville, OH

#41 Jun 30, 2008
horse person wrote:
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My mom fell off her horse and broke her pelvis and her elbow. We didnt even think about putting him down. He didn't intentionally make her fall off. He spooked and reacted the way god intended-he ran from the scary object. The horse that killed this man was not trying to hurt him, he was probably stomping a fly and the mans head just happened to be there. Ive been hit in the head by a horse because they were stomping flys. there is an inherent risk when working with horses. they are big, they are powerful they are livestock, and they are not pets. They can hurt and even kill you unintentionally. As an owner, I know this. My condolences to the family.
But don't dogs get scared and react when they bite. Or even a cougar or bear that kills someone maybe over territory. Alligator that tore off that teens arm in Florida; it was doing what gators do? They get put down. Why does the horse get special treatment. You know some horses are just mean.
khillard

United States

#42 Jun 30, 2008
God be with this man's family as they deal with their loss. It sounds like he was a wonderful man to know and his love of horses.

“Secure our borders!!!”

Since: Jun 07

Ecorse, MI

#43 Jun 30, 2008
There is more to the story . I know it in my heart.
Quick, send out Henry Erb to investigate the horse, his horse pals, the farm. I bet it was plannedÖ.

Oleí Henry did such a wonderful job with the Areo-Med crash. NOT!!!!!

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#44 Jun 30, 2008
Big Mark wrote:
There is more to the story . I know it in my heart.
Quick, send out Henry Erb to investigate the horse, his horse pals, the farm. I bet it was plannedÖ.
Oleí Henry did such a wonderful job with the Areo-Med crash. NOT!!!!!
I want to say first my condolences to the family, but you are oh so right about Channel 8's reporting. I'm sure Henry is digging in the horse manure right now to find a different "Angle" to this story that will get Susan Geha all hot and horny again. There just has to be more to this than simply a tragic accident and loss to the family right? I can't stand WOTV's Sensationalistic style of reporting the news. Maybe down to about the "National Enquirer" level of journalism.
froggy log

Hudsonville, MI

#45 Jun 30, 2008
This isn't a joking matter, people. I went horse back riding and the horse I was riding just started galloping for no reason. Like it was racing. I jumped off it in the sand thank god I nothing happened to me. I was so scared. I never went horse back riding again. So I can see a horse doing something like this.
friend

United States

#46 Jul 1, 2008
I am extremely sorry for the family. I have seen his horses and he and his sons at the pulls in Fountain, and they are the best!!! I hope the boys will continue his legacy. It will take Faith, and strength from the Lord and courage, to clear their mind of how he died, and replace that with happy memories, and to continue on...May the Lord surround you with love and friends at this time, and lots of prayer.
friend

United States

#47 Jul 1, 2008
Matt Millen wrote:
Can someone get me the horse's agent? Jason Hanson is getting old.
Hey, Hanson's still good competition. The boys will continue, no doubt!

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