My barn only has an indoor to ride in and my trainer comes to me, so unless I'm at a show or clinic I'm stuck indoors. The friend I trail rode with has an injured horse so that's out unless I find another buddy.
I've attempted to ride my mare in her field after I turn everyone else in but that is one big dangerous wreck.
On Wednesday I cleared a path to a field behind the barn, rode her until she was tired indoors, then lead her over a drainage ditch and got on. Basically it's a big empty field surrounded by houses, connected to some corn fields, and an easement owned by the electric company. She was fantastic, and I'm hoping she doesn't realize where home is the second ride and loses her mind.
How do you handle hacking your horse out? We'll be doing it alone, I wore my XC vest and strapped my phone to my leg, and I put a halter and lead rope underneath her bridle.
She can be herdbound at shows with fences but that is basically gone, and she's never had a problem going XC. I'm not sure if this is because she doesn't know where home is, or she's going to fast to care.
My retired gelding I'd hack out anywhere, anytime because he was a good lazy boy who didn't care about much but food. He spooked 3 inches sideways.