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Fractured skull: She vows to wear helmet next time

"I will definitely wear a helmet to show." -- Courtney King Dye, world class dressage rider, who suffered a fractured skull in March, and typed this message one-handed because an entire side of her body was paralyzed after a fall while riding her horse on the flat.

"As much as I'd like to compete with a helmet, I'm still arguing with myself." -- Steffen Peters, 2009 World Cup Champion dressage rider, riding in this year's World Equestrian Games.

Get the full story in this New York Times article.

We believe now more than ever in helmets. Read: Deadly Impact: Skull - 1; Helmet - 0

(Karin Livingston is a career 4-H leader specializing in horses and the author of the horse novel, Winning Bet, available in paperback and for e-readers.)