When I lunge, I don't stand still in the middle of the circle, and I don't use a lunge whip. I just use the fuzzy-nose halter and a lunge line - no side reins either. I move with the horse inside the horse's circles, and we also do some straight lines from time to time. I walk slowly in a small circle when the horse is walking, and walk much faster in a somewhat larger circle when the horse is trotting - I try to match the energy level I want the horse to use. So, to slow down, I slow down myself and lower my energy. After we worked a while at trot to the left, we reversed and went to the right, walking some so she could stop huffing and puffing. Then we moved up to trot. Going to the right is harder for her - she often wants to pop her shoulder in and tilt her head to the outside. So I worked on keeping her head slightly to the inside, which was hard work for her. Just as we were working on this, my younger daughter, who had been grooming Dawn just outside the barn, took her back inside. I think the combination of Dawn leaving and having to work hard going to the right set Maisie off - there were a couple of minutes of galloping and huge bucks (glad I didn't have to try to ride those!). I asked her to halt - she was on full alert and very excited.
We hand-walked around for a few minutes so she could calm down, and did some crazy walking so she would start to focus on me again. Then we walked back to the lungeing area and did some more trot work to the right; that went well. Then I took her down to the mounting block, put on her bridle and got on for a bit of trail riding.
It went pretty well. We didn't go too far from the barn - a couple of hundred yards in a couple of directions - we'd go away from the barn, back again and past the barn and then away in a different direction. We did this for about 20 minutes. She was forward but controlled. On the way back towards the barn, when she wanted to speed up she was able to respond to my asks to slow down. At the very end I asked for and got several yards of trot. It wasn't high-quality trot, but it was trot and I was happy with that.
I think that, until she settles down a bit, we'll do some lungeing before riding just to take the edge off. My younger did get in a brief ride on Dawn (she hasn't ridden her since the end of last August) - she only rides Dawn bareback - they walked around a bit and were done. Dawn thought it was pretty exciting, but was reasonably well-behaved.
We're supposed to have nice weather for the next several days, so I'm hoping for more rides.