I haven't rode my mare all winter, besides once-a-week riding lessons in an arena, and now that the snow's gone (in March! Awesome, right?) I'm starting to get back into riding her. Last summer I'm totally guilty of not doing a whole lot with her, but my confidence has improved millions and our first ride around the yard today was AWESOME. I've already got quite a few big trail rides planned for this spring, but I'd really like to be able to take her out around our place. We're surrounded on 4 sides by wide-open potato fields (there's a forest about a half-mile to the west of our house) and I'm a little apprehensive about taking her out alone. My mare likes to go, and I'm not sure I'd be able to keep her under control in all that flat, open space that would just be inviting her to run her little heart out. The only other one of our horses that's rideable is a tiny 30-year-old Welsh pony, and though he might be a calming influence, I've got no one else to ride him and there's no way he could keep up with my spry little paint. Tango's been on many trail rides with her previous owner, so I don't think she'd spook too much-it would mostly be she's so eager to go that she won't listen and would look for the tiniest excuse to take off with me. There's also no one with riding horses that lives close enough to trail together.
Basically, my question is: what would you do in this situation? Should I go out anyways? It seems there's not a whole lot else I can do..