My horse is wonderful but she's new to me and tends to get agitated when asked to trot out or canter. (This happens with everyone, not just me) She gets tense and ramps up to a very fast gait. Sometimes, she'll toss her head or hold it really high. Usually though, she'll keep her head where it is but start breathing heavy and going as fast as she can at the gait I've cued for. I can always talk to her and calm her down and it does work after talking to her for a while, and I'm fully prepared to keep on doing this til it's the norm to be calm...but if anybody knows of any good calming exercises(ring/trail/ground work...anything) please post them! I'm not positive of her entire history so I'm not sure where this originated, but I just want her to be calm and happy. I have some speculation she may have been a gaming horse gone wrong...but that's just speculation. She's really an AMAZING horse...just needs some love and work.
OH...and trust exercises may be helpful as well. She trusts me, but they may enhance that and through that help her to calm?? Not sure, kind of willing to try anything here that could help this horse.