Step 1: Don't overthink it too much.
Many horses with bridling issues have simply learned that their rider/handler doesn't know how to bridle properly and have found loopholes to get out of it. You are a beginner and I suspect this is the case. I see too many people think to themselves, "Oh my horse has a bridling issue, it must hate bits!" or, "My horse was abused in the past so bridling is hard now". Most of the time this is a handler error.
Step 2. Re-educate yourself on proper bridling techniques.
If you cannot put a bridle on your horse because he/she is avoiding your hands, then you are leaving a hole open somewhere that your horse has learned to exploit. Horse raising its head up? Your fault. Ducking away? Your fault.
Step 3. Have confidence.
Horses feed off your energy. When you have an aura about you that says, "This is what we are doing, and we are doing it now", horses have a natural tendency to follow. They can pick out weakness more easily than you or I can and actively seek out a confident leader.
Step 4. Success
My suggestion to re-teach your horse that you know what you're doing:
- first, know what you are doing
- put on a rope halter
- attempt to bridle the horse (with confidence
) with the halter on underneath; this will give you an advantage over your horse when learning to bridle. Stand beside the horse's neck, behind the throat and in front of the shoulder. Where you stand is important in your success
- IMPORTANT: if the horse does anything naughty at all/tries to evade the bit, grab the halter on the cheekpiece and pull the horse's head TOWARDS you as if you want the horse's nose to touch her left shoulder. YOU do not move. Try again. Rinse and repeat. Take no sass.
If you can't get a visual for what I mean about pulling her head towards you, this is what I mean. Just bring her head around: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/AQo8Ui7xn1g/hqdefault.jpg
...But obviously you will be standing beside her neck, not hugging her.
Ignore the human in that photo.