I'm trying to learn how to do a front handspring but I can't do a backbend, will I end up hurting myself a lot or can I just go into it?
You need to be able to 1. hold a bridge comfortably (not just force it) and 2. have sufficient strength in your abdomen (the same strength required to do a backbend, I guess). I've hurt myself doing it when I wasn't flexible or strong enough, lol. So believe me, BE PATIENT or you're gonna end up embarassed and in some serious pain. XD
Exercise your body before attempting that, if you're unable to do a bridge, I wouldn't suggest you doing that because it will only result in hurting yourself.
First practice doing a bridge by itself, when you feel your body can take on that flexing, go for it.
Maybe, it just depends on how flexible your back is, i can but thats probably only cause i used to practice ALL THE TIME when i was in gymnastics.
yeah it's easyer than a backbend in my opinion.