All joking aside, a very weird and sad story is coming from Cumberland City, Tenn., where a man was attacked and killed by his stallion.

Travis Oliver Beard, 68, died Jan. 21 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the Stewart Houston Times reported. The cause of the attack is unknown. Rabies tests on the horse came back negative.

Beard's son William and friend Bruce Higgins arrived at the farm while the attack was in progress.

Houston County Sheriff Kenneth Barnes said the witnesses saw the horse shaking something, which they thought was a feedbag. As they approached, they realized it was Beard.

Higgins hit the horse with a rock, causing it to drop Beard while William ran for a gun. William shot the animal when it charged at the three men.

"He did what he had to do," Barnes, himself a horse owner, told the paper. "I don't blame him a bit. I would have done the same thing."

Beard lost an arm in the attack and also sustained severe injuries to his chest, abdomen, and one leg.

No one is sure what started the attack or how long the struggle lasted, although family members said Beard often carried a stick when feeding due to previous aggressive behavior from the horse.

Read the full story.


On a lighter note, New York-based artist Jeremy Dean is looking for a buyer for his Hummer H2, which he converted into a horse-drawn vehicle as a "symbol of his efforts against the dependence on polluting fossil fuels." See some photos and a video on Ecofriend.org.  

The vehicle is now lacking an engine, but retains its chrome rims, GPS, sound system, DVD player, and TV screens. Dean, who sunk his life savings into the project, is hoping to recoup his costs.

It would look just smashing at WEG, don't you think?

Hummer horse cart