Are Riding Helmets Necessary? Pt. 2

Okay, one more soapbox post about helmets, then I promise that we’ll get back to talking about training. I posted at the end of July about my opinion of riding helmets. I shared an article, including this quote:

“If you think you don’t need a helmet then you should look your son, daughter, spouse, or friend in the eye and tell them: I don’t need a helmet, but if I am wrong it will be your job to care for me.”

Now, here’s a very powerful video that Kate, of A Year with Horses, posted on her blog recently. I think that everyone who rides horses or who has friends or family who ride horses should watch this video.

In the video, Courtney King Dye, a USDF Gold Medalist dressage rider and horse trainer discusses riding helmets. As she says in the video, safety has nothing to do with skill level.

Courtney was in a riding accident in 2010. Purely an accident. The show horse she was riding tripped and fell. She had been in a hurry that day and was not wearing a helmet. I urge you to watch the video and hear Courtney tell the rest of the her story.

On Youtube: Courtney King Dye discusses her riding accident and helmet use.
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