So I bought my first TB this week. He is settling in great, is figuring out the routine of things and we are getting his rain rot cleared up. I have been doing a little bit of lunge work with him after his bath to get him to dry faster and to get him in the habit of playing the game. Yesterday, I put the bridle on him under the lunging caveson to get it fitted for him. Well, he was quite the snot trying to rub his head on me or wander off with just the headband over his nose. I stayed patient, would push him off me with my thumbnail or knuckle when he tried to rub, put my hand on his jaw on the off side to stop him from moving his head away and finally got him to stand generally still long enough to put the bridle on. And we had the same issues when I got done and went to remove the bridle.
I imagine that what I did will work over time to get him to behave better, but I am admittedly spoiled in that I have never owned a horse before that I did not raise from a baby. As a result, I have never had to deal with this issue so I am a bit at a loss. Does anyone have any pointers, hints, tips, or tricks that work well on a horse that does this?