I recently started riding a horse at my barn that was used almost exclusively as a trail horse. I am riding her in an arena, English. It is a good experience for me, because I am getting to work with a trained horse, but not trained in the discipline I am riding. I'm working with her on her problems.
The one huge problem I am having, though, is getting on! If someone stands at her head, she is an angel to get on. But, If I am getting on without someone at her head, it is almost impossible. I will have her standing still, and I will move the block to her side. I will stand by her head, and she stands still. The second I move towards the block she turns her hind end away from the block. I will take her reins and hold them over the withers, trying not to pull back, but trying to keep her head from turning. What can I do to stop her from being such a brat? My trainer said she is just testing me, and getting away with what she can. How do I fix this?