Before riding, I lunge him to get out any bucks and some energy. I then ride him in the lunge ring to warm him up. He is very responsive in there. He will slow down and stop alright(with a little convincing). I constantly must half halt him so he will stay at the gait he is in(if not, Sailor will get faster and faster until he is up the next gait).
The main problem is riding him on the track(or any open space). It is very big and railed in, but he gets pretty excited riding there. Even after I have cantered him to the world's end in the little lung pen, he suddenly regains his energy back once we get to a more open space. I must constantly half halt just so he will stay at a walk. Whe I ask him to trot, Sailor decides to take off. If I pull back, it feels like he just goes faster. I have to turn his head so that he will calm down and eventually stop.
Any advice on how I can work with Sailor so he will respond to my 'slow down' signals? Again, I like that he has fire in him and loves running, but I just want to be able to control him alittle better.