I am in a similar situation in that I don't have anyone around me to ride with, so Spike and I always ride alone around home. Also, there are very few trails, so we are on the dirt roads alot. Spike can be tricky by seeming to be very sedate and lazy on the way out, then suddenly become a firecracker when his nose points toward home! I attribute this to 'spring fever', because it only happens this time of year when the weather turns nice, lol!
Anyway, if he is in such a mood, I find that distracting him works well. If I just try to keep him walking when he is so pent up, I find he gets frustrated and angry, and will tend to want to bolt. So I let him move, but under my terms. Lots of changes in direction, big zig zags and diagonals, that sort of thing. We have a shallow ditch along the shoulder of the road, about 4 inches of water in it. Last year we trotted all the way home in that, splashing all the way. But it kept his mind off running!
The warm weather is just getting here where I live, so I know my 'spring ride from hell' is fast approaching... then I will have my nice horsey back again, lol.