Horse gets antsy when in arena and lungeing question
A lot of the time when I go to ride my horse in the arena, he gets really antsy and tries to speed up a lot. He didn't really used to do this; it has happened the past few times I've ridden him in the arena. It starts when I enter through the gate, he tries to refuse a little and once we're in there I can feel him fall on his forehand and he'll start trotting or jigging. He'll do this for a little while; only until I work him a little bit will he calm down. It's like he has getting done on his mind and wants to be doing something else. But once I get him focused he does really well. Is there any way I can get him to be calm when we first enter the arena? This kind of leads into my next question...he always does much better after he's been worked a while W/T/C; he'll start lowering his head and neck, and I can feel him really start working off his hindquarters. Usually for about half of the ride he'll be a little wound up (he's not too bad, just not completely focused) then he'll start really doing right. I'm considering lungeing (not sure if that's the right spelling) him before a ride instead. What's your experience with lungeing before a ride? Does it really make them calmer once you ride? What is a good time amount to lunge before a ride? I know it would be different for all horses but any generals would be accepted. Thanks!