Originally Posted by howrsegirl123
I'm not sure when he last ran, or how long he's been out of work, etc.
I think the goal for now will be walk-trot transitions. And softening.
When he was last used for work and how often he gets rode away from his previous job has a lot to do with him calming down.
Also, what bit is he being rode in? I've known some horses who will act like a hot horse under heavier hands or a stronger bit. I believe it may come from the anticipation many horses feel before going into the arena.
I'd focus on what you have and stated above, collect his head and body, work him slowly and if he tries to go a faster speed than you want, sit him back and back up, than try again.