I know I will probably get the responses of "Wear a back brace." or "Don't know until you try it!". But here goes any way.
In 2003, I was a backseat passenger in a vehicle that was rear ended into the middle of an intersection, knocked into the car in front of us (he was a bit in front of the line, waiting for traffic to clear before turning) and then t-boned by an oncoming car who failed to yield their red light.
After 8 months of chiropractic care and physical rehabilitation, my attorney finally put the PR doctor under his thumb to get an MRI done on me. MRI resulted in my having a herniated disc at L4-L5 and at L5-S1 which bulged to the right of my spine and with an annular tear. I also have hemangioma inside the lumbar cavities of L1 and L2.
I was told in Summer 2005, that short of surgery, there was nothing left for them to do for me. I was also advised to never ride roller coasters or do anything that would result in a bad fall on my back. To do so would most likely result in partial paralysis, depending on how hard the impact. When discussing surgery, they said I was too young and that there wouldn't be any surgery because I was young enough to heal. However I haven't "healed", I've tolerated pain in winter, on humid days and after routine slips and falls. I wake up stiff and sore most mornings, numbness in my legs and arms, muscle cramping (I hate those ranging from annoying twitches to the charley horse pains the most) and the nerve pain that zings up or down my extremities which ends with what feels like a lightening bolt.
My reason for posting this novel of a thread is because I'd like to see about riding a horse again. It's been 24 years since I rode a horse and all my life the one thing I've wished for is to have a horse of my own to ride. My fiance, Dan, is dead set on making that dream a reality (I love you so much Babe!). But aside from being extra careful, getting an older more docile horse and wearing a back brace what would be some extra precautions I could take?