So today I saddled up my mare and decided I was going to ride her down to my grandmothers house. We did some light work in her pasture then headed for the road. It is a dead end dirt road with 9 houses and never any traffic. My grandmother lives less than 1/2 mile from me. Well my mare was doing really well until we got about a 1/4 mile from her home. Everyone has horses and they were all getting excited and pacing fence lines. Well my mare got really worked up by this. She isn't spooky but I could feel her tensing.
So I turned her around and worked her in our pasture more. She wasn't trying to come back, I turned her on my own. After I calmed her down we hit the road again. We got a little further than our first trip and she started getting all worked up again. My mare was sweating and breathing very hard just standing. She wasn't trying to head home or visit with other horses, she was becoming less responsive. So I did tight circles and lots of backing up to get her attention. I then kept pushing her until we got to my grandmas house. Once in the yard my mare would not stand still and became very spooky. She attempted to bolt but I spun her in circles. Once she stood still for a few I dismounted and did some work to get her attention.
I took off her bridle and gave her a peppermint and let her graze for a few minutes. Ultimately I ended up walking her back in hand. Then mounted again in our pasture and rode her for a while. We ended on a good note.
My question is how should I have handled this? I didn't dismount because I was scared, I did it because she was so stressed out. Any advice would be much appreciated. She is my trail horse and I'm sure this will happen again.