I got a 4yo TB mare about 3 weeks ago. At the place where I board there aren't really trails that go through the woods, but there is a BIG hay field with lots of hills that we ride around.
Last week I took her out with just 1 other horse and she was pretty good- a little spooky, but otherwise behaved. Yesterday I took her out with 3 other horses and made her walk in the back. She felt like she wanted to race them the whole time. She bucked a little and trotted side ways, but then she calmed down a little once she realized that wasn't going to get her closer to the front.
I want to take her out in the field because the hills are great exersize, but I can't always have someone come with me. And eventually she needs to be able to do cross country by herself.
I was wondering if I should just go out by myself and handle what she throws at me, or if I should keep going out with a group untill she calms down a little.