Long story short.
4 y/o unraced tb. Spoiled by previous owners. We're having to reteach him literally everything, and most of his training is going pretty well.
Ground manners still aren't the best, but that's not today's issue.
My trainer can bridle him, and I'm supposed to practice doing it when it's not a lesson day. Getting it on is also kind of necessary, because we're doing lots of in-hand stuff and lunge work.
I cannot bridle him at all. I can approach him properly, hold his head properly, but the moment I bring the bridle near his face, he throws his head up, right over me, and books it to the corner of his stall, dragging me along with him. I'm not physically strong enough to hold him down when he decides he wants to leave.
Right now it takes a lot of physical strength to hold his head down and get the bridle on. I have to put it on over his halter, and physically pin him down. Either that, or chase him around for ages and try to grab his head. I'm finding this method very stressful for both of us.
Could someone give me some advice on how to slowly get to the point where I can go over to him to put his bridle on, and he'll just hold his head steady and not give me any crap? He's very unwilling, and it'd be great if he'd cooperate.
It's driving me nuts, and I get really frustrated.
He has some gaps in his training, so I don't know how far I'll have to break this down.
My trainer is a lot stronger than me, so he can hold him still enough to put it on, but I'd like to do it without resistance.
Once the bit's in his mouth, he's fine. As fine as he gets, anyways. He'll calmly let me do up the straps and lead him out, etc.