I wear a helmet and body protector every ride. No exceptions. I will not ride with people who do not wear helmets. They may not be concerned about themselves, but I really don't want to be there for the time they happen to get their brains smashed against a rock.
I don't understand why you would not wear a helmet on an untrained horse. What could be possibly worth the risk?
I also don't understand the comment about teasing. Are you concerned that people on the board would tease you for wearing a helmet? I think you'll find on this board you'll get more grief for NOT wearing a helmet.
I hope you realize that 4 concussions is serious. If you look at all the recent studies on children and sports injuries, you'll find that you've already passed the number of concussions "allowed" before that child has to give up sports FOR LIFE? Concussions put you at a higher risk for personality changes, memory loss, problems with cognitive function, anxiety, depression, etc etc etc. You're even at higher risk for Alzheimer's and dementia.
What is so horrible about a helmet that you repeatedly risked that? Even if someone did tease you for a helmet, why is that person's opinion SO IMPORTANT that you would risk it? I'm not chiding you, but I really don't understand your stance on not wearing a helmet.
A link talking about some of my points: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/158361...isis-in-sports