What do you think of letting a horse "loose"? This girl I know used to "set her horse loose" in the arena and make him run around to get the energy out of him and make him more "sane."
Does this work? Does it just make things worse? And isn't it similar to freelunging and freejumping? The other day I took Jubilee out in this big field and I let her run out her kinks. I was lunging her and when I asked her to canter she made it into a gallop and threw in some bucks. It wasn't bad behaviour, just pure excitement. She LOVED it! (Note: She doesn't do this when I'm lunging normally). So yeah, I just let her get it all out. But after I took her back to the barn and into the arena and made her lunge properly, just so she wouldn't think she can do that all the time. Is that ok? Where do you draw the line? I also know of people who just gallop the heck out of their horses while on them, which I don't agree with at all, especially since its for no reason at all.