It had to have been a 'clean break' so to speak; if her spinal cord had been touched at all, or damaged, she would not have been able to move at all. What a scary thing to happen though!
We had a friend who had a similar thing happen years ago, only her neck wasn't broken all the way through...her horse had spooked, and thrown her off, and she was able to get up and walk the length of her driveway back up to her house...she said she knew it was broken, before she even got to the hospital! I can't imagine what an injury like that would be like...I have compression fractures in my back, and that is bad enough at times!
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."