Cantering and general energy level problems.
Right, I've been looking for ages for some advice on what to do with a pony that has far too much energy when being ridden. He is eight years old, and getting fitter by the day, has a great jump on him and is willing to learn. The only problem is, he tends to rush into canter transitions and stick his head down, due to having bottled up energy. He goes out for at least five hours a day, therefore, gets most of the 'silly energy' out which he uses when being naughty. Also, I always turn him out before I ride him, due to this energy. We've been having problems with the canter transitions recently. He will shoot off rather than go into a steady canter, whether or not you half halt into the transition. Once he's off, it can be incredibly hard to bring him back. He also has a habit of farting whilst making the canter transition due to excitement, also causing him to fly across the school with his head down. He doesn't have any mix in his feed and has controlled amounts of hay. He is only ridden three days a week due to lack of time, but has at least an hour work out. Any suggestions on what to do?