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Courtney King Dye speaks about her accident and helmets

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  • Courtney King Dye speaks about her accident and helmets


    This is a very strong video that moved me to tears, I am very glad that Courtney made this video.

  • #2
    Kudos to Courtney - but it's a shame that she had to suffer a traumatic brain injury to realize how important helmets are EVERY time.
    The rebel in the grey shirt


    • #3
      I'm glad she made the point that she usually always wore her helmet, but just this one time she was "in a hurry," and "the horse was NEVER naughty, just tripped cantering down the long side." So many people who ride dressage, western, that one ol' reliable trail horse... think it can never happen to them. I really hope the message from her video gets across.


      • #4
        That was really hard to get through but also well worth it.

        She's a powerful advocate for her cause, and I wish her a full recovery.


        • #5
          I thought that it was incredibly selfless and brave of her to do that. Hope that it convinces more people to use their helmets every ride.


          • #6
            When she talked about everyone being a roll model, it struck me. I am glad she discussed that. I used to not wear helmets all the time and what made me start was not an accident, but the fact that I was the eldest rider at the small barn I was at.

            It was a bit of hubris, but I thought to myself that while I know I can stay on without a helmet, these kids will likely do something riskier than what I do without a helmet and hurt themselves. So, I decided to start wearing a helmet every time to lead by example.

            Now it feels really weird if I start getting on without a helmet and it has saved my bacon over this winter!


            • #7
              Very moving and thought provoking.
              "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
              Courtesy my cousin Tim


              • #8
                "Every [rider] is a role model for someone."
                Well said.
                I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


                • #9
                  This should be required watching for every rider. I'm glad Courtney had the courage to post it.


                  • #10
                    What a brave woman. I've read her blog, and it sounds like she's made such incredible progress. Actually hearing her speak really hits home; she's still got such a long way to go ... hope it makes people think before they hop on bare headed. I'm an "every ride, every time" kind of girl.


                    • #11
                      I just watched this video this morning -- wow, it was far more powerful than I expected. Do click through and watch. I always wear my helmet, no matter how hot or inconvenient, but I still had a lump in my throat at the end of the video -- one mistake is all she got and she will pay for the rest of her life.
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                      • #12
                        Thank you, Courtney. Just, Thank You Thank You Thank You.
                        I'm still embarrassed about all the times I rode sans helmet.


                        • #13
                          My trainer was out in the blazing heat giving a lesson last weekend when I stopped by. A horse was needing a little correction so she decided to get on. Even for a five minute ride she walked back into the barn, got her helmet, and put it on. Made me smile.

                          Yes we are ALL role models, or maybe a better term is examples. Whenever someone is watching us, we're setting one.
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                          • #14
                            "Everyone is a role model for someone."

                            Well said.

                            I have to admit that until Jan of this year I was an intermittent helmet user. Always wore one to jump, but was iffy at best on the flat. Then I got pile-driven to the ground from my spooked horse while reading a test for my daughter. 0 - 60 in exactly .9 seconds. Fractured my maxillary sinus (let me tell you, THAT is not a pleasant sensation).

                            I thought, how many more 'lucky breaks' is it gonna take to make me wear a helmet every ride. A helmet would not have spared my cheek bone, but that isn't the point.

                            I'm now a proud member of "every ride, every time". If not for me, then for my family. Now I can't even think about getting on without one.
                            Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                            The Grove at Five Points


                            • #15
                              Glad to see that!!

                              SO SO SO SO SO SO Glad to see that! I can remember having the idea instilled in me from the moment I started riding as a kid until now to always wear a helmet, no matter what kind of riding you're doing or what sort of horse you'll be on...and can remember getting teased (innocently) by my friends growing up when we would all ride bareback on our dead quiet horses and they would be sans helmets and I would be the "nerd" who kept her mushroom-sized Troxel on...I've had a few close calls, knew a trainer who lost her sense of smell and taste thanks to a head injury (no helmet), and knew of a student who unfortunately passed away from a simple riding accident when I was in college (no helmet). I'm really glad to hear Courtney talk about the role model factor in all of it...it's so important! I definitely have enjoyed watching the number of "pro" riders who wear helmets during their dressage phase at the upper levels increase over the years.

                              All it takes is one instant for your life to change. Thank you so much Courtney and Riders4Helmets!!
                              A canter is a cure for every evil


                              • #16
                                What an incredibly brave and moving video. Thank you, Courtney, for sharing your journey with us.
                                life + horses


                                • #17
                                  I think she is so inspirational, and I wish her nothing but the best! She is making a great recovery so far (and this is coming from the daughter of a 2 time stroke survivor, living with the affects, so I know what progress is!) and I hope she keeps making such great leaps!
                                  Her words really hit home hard, and I agree, it was hard to watch. I also was thinking about what wildlifer said. Good for her for making this into an opportunity to advocate a good cause.
                                  Thank you, and good luck Courtney!


                                  • #18
                                    I had quite the tiff with someone via facebook about her choice to not wear appropriate attire and a helmet. I sent this video to her. she owns and runs a barn and allows her kids to indulge in the same dangerous behavior. She says "Her barn, her rules." Your rules should be everyone wears a helmet not matter what.

                                    I do find it somewhat ironic that L'Apogee has an ad for dressage saddles on this very website with a helmtless rider schooling her horse. Obvoiusly not COTH's fault but something that vendors should also take into consideration.


                                    • #19
                                      merchandisers should be easy pickings. Write 'em and tell 'em you aren't impressed, both directly to the COTH site and to the company. Tell 'em you are posting here about it. Write it on their facebook page.

                                      I found the video very powerful and courageous. I hope that in a few years, it will be incomprehensible for people to ride w/o a helmet.
                                      I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                                      I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                                      • #20
                                        That was a powerful and sobering video. I always ride with a helmet and yet it reinforced the fact that riding IS dangerous and that you should take the opportunity to use all the tools out there for you to make it safer.
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