So, you fell off your horse and broke your neck. But you survived and have not lost as yet any function. Well done - you were lucky. Count your blessings and take the pills.
So now you want to get back on half a tonne of muscle and blood over which you will have minimal control and try it again. That’s not quite such clever thinking.
When the doctor says OK, then you can maybe think of it but only when the physio therapist says “OK“ too. First persuade them you are fit.
Until the physio has sat you on a large rubber ball with two handles - you will not fully realize just how difficult it is to balance yourself on a silly rubber ball. Until you can balance yourself on that ball to the physio’s satisfaction - you must not think of trying to balance yourself on a horse.
Protective gear - yes in due course, maybe, perhaps. Certainly a protective hat and maybe a parachute.
But what you need now is time and patience. And eventually what you will need is a nice, quiet dobbin of a half brain dead horse which is going to teach you all over again how to ride. You’ll find that horse in a good riding centre along with a knowledgeable riding instructor. But that will be a year away. That horse will be worth its weight in gold to you.
Then your problem will be to sit on that slowly moving horse without tension - but that’s another ball game, which you can’t play yet. Start reading books written by Dr Alexander about his relaxation Technique. Practice what he preaches.
To end on a bright note - at our livery yard of 28 horses there are presently three riders who have broken/injured/dislocated their spines and two others who have lost a degree of riding capability as a result of serious riding accidents. But all are still riding be it more slowly and more carefully on carefully selected horses. None of them are adventurous as once they were on horseback but they still get pleasure from owning the horse.
Take it easy Buddy, life’s too short - even if you can walk. It only seems longer if you can’t walk.