Rescue crews return to Jenny's Dexter Market when child falls from pony
Rescue crews returned to Jenny's Dexter Market on Sunday after receiving a report that a child had been thrown from a horse.
Owner Burton Hoey said the 22-month-old actually fell off a pony.
"We don't give horse rides. We give pony rides," he said.
The child fell while sitting on the pony, estimated to be up to 4 feet tall. An employee said the child's father was on-hand when the child slipped.
"The father was walking next to the child, and the child slipped off the pony," Hoey said the employee told him.
He continued: "We make sure the parents attend to the child and hold onto the child while they’re going."
The incident occurred within two weeks of a serious accident in which a 23-year-old hayride driver fell from and was run over by a wagon that was full of passengers.
The market halted the hayrides but resumed them about a week ago.
Tim Burke, a lieutenant with the Dexter Area Fire Department, confirmed that in Sunday's incident, the father had been holding his child on the animal before the accident. He did not have further details, he said.
The child was treated on the scene and transported by Huron Valley Ambulance, Burke said.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate the Sept. 24 incident. A MIOSHA official said the investigation could take several weeks.