If I wasn't worried about doing all that 'hard work' to get it where it is now, I'd shave it again just for the convenience. But its been a few years and don't want that in between length. Btw my first thoughts about having long hair and riding was that get tangled up. Even tied back. So I have adopted some kind of tiered ponytail system and works pretty well, though if I knew how, would also try a single monster braid.
Glad to hear you got along just fine down here. Makes me feel good, but doesn't hurt to be cautious sometimes. There are all kinds of folks and in all kinds of places.