Superstar dressage riders don’t often wear helmets. I don’t know, but I am guessing that Courtney King-Dye was not wearing one while training the young horse who tripped and caused her to hit her head.
This is not a wear your helmet diatribe. I wish it could be, but there have been enough “message” posts here for a while. I guess this is as much a self-reminder post as anything. I find that if I write something down, I tend to remember it, to consider it for a while.
The illusion that a skilled dressage rider will not fall, would not be injured in a fall, is just that. An illusion, created by the human mind. We actively push away the chaos that is the world we live in. Our inner lives are often crazed efforts to bring order to random possibility even when the order is a figment of our perception or ends up as a poor or self-destructive coping mechanism.
Bad riding habits don’t develop for no reason. These coping mechanisms, habits, develop as responses to our interactions with our horses in the saddle. Unconsciously, we deal with what we are given. That’s how we end up with one stirrup that’s two inches longer than the other.
Likewise, bad mental habits don’t develop for no reason. The Parelli insanity of choosing to go helmetless because their horses are trained to a point where they feel secure without helmets is a case in point, similar to the illusion that may have caused Ms. King-Dye to ride the young horse without one, if indeed that’s what she did.
We cannot create order. As I wrote in Embracing Groundlessness,
Things happen. The world is a seemingly chaotic place. We can never predict. All the planning in the world can never indemnify us from the unsecured dog, the friend who turns on us, the reality of life with 1000+ pound equine partners.
The purpose of this post is a reminder.
Hello Groundlessness! Let’s make friends. I respectfully acknowledge you. I will wear a helmet out of respect for you. In return, I hope and ask that you acknowledge me.
Over at Regarding Horses, there is a great post with lots of details and links to the SUCCEED eBay Store, where purchases go toward the shocking medical expenses, and Facebook Page where you can show your support.
Having personal experience with head trauma and coma, I know how hard this is. The love actually helps. Show it!