I am sorry about your injury! I hope it heals soon and well. I had looked at this thread before, but did not think much of it. Now I have been re-thinking all kinds of things, to fix my mistakes, realise my progress etc, and remembered a few falls I had..
1) We were racing with my friend down one trail, full gallop, I was in front, but as it was wet the girl behind had mud in her face, so did the mare she was riding. We came to a fork in the road and I decided to go straight, as turns in full gallop are no fun. The other mare went left. Mine, which was lower in the herd hierarchy, but always fighting for the top spot, realised she is alone, slowed down, jumped left, I didn't let her, jumped right, dislodged me, jumped left again, and I slid down her side pulling a few strands of hair out of her mane... the other girl found us just when my feet hit the ground. Nothing too scary, but she could have jumped 180° from full gallop and I would probably have eaten dirt...
2) another time with the same mare.. we were calmly walking past a huge stable, the pastures were empty, the horses were just looking around, when suddenly, I notice my mare is getting nervous at a water tank about 30 ft away from us, she spun 180° with her front feet lifting from the ground over the side of a massive ditch and I found myself on the ground, in the ditch. I did have my senses to let go of the reigns this time, as I felt her pull me, not calm down. The other mare trotted forwards, mine galloped, but she stopped nearby in grass, and so the other one waited there whilst I found my glasses in the grass and climbed out of the ditch. Mind you, I was stupid and did not have my helmet that time (Now I never ride without it, even though I have a bombproof horse
). I walked to them brushing all the mud off me, we walked and trotted home, as I did not feel like canter. All my muscles hurt for 2 weeks after that, my Gran asked me if I will still go visit the stable, once I fell like that.. (the mares we rode were not ours, but our neighbour's who let us do whatever we want with them) I said that ofc I will.. I even had ridden afterwards, just at home, not trails, because I realised, that if there was no ditch where I fell, I probably would not be alive. I hit the ground with the side of my face first, then my body and I rolled down the slope a little.. SO I guess that saved me..
Even though I am not too old, I do have some back issues, and so on, so I try to be very careful, I rarely jump, I try not to do crazy stuff, always wear a helmet, and if a horse spooks too much of something, I rather hand walk him past the thing to boost his confidence, even if it takes a few times, rather than risk falling somewhere with him because he panicked. He is kinda perfect, but sometimes new things in the trails scare him ****less.
The best is to keep riding, improve all your skills, and you know, a safety handle on trails might help a lot, however, I did have a strap in front of my saddle that time I fell in the ditch... but I forgot to grab hold of it...
Though I doubt I have ever really been scared to get back on a horse.. I know I stopped a jumping lesson once after a bad jump, the horse stopped and then jumped, dropping the whole 2ft oxer. I felt weird, so I got off (my back hurt after that jump and I sure as hell did not want to land in it)