Everyone has different ways that work for them and every horse really is different..... Don't ever be afraid to take a lesson when you get stuck.... it is going to be challenging and enjoyable. Congratulations!
Do you have the basics? A good vet, a good farrier, food, water, a hoof pick? A good book on riding is old but I still refer back to it... called Centered Riding. Also Horses Don't Lie is a great read..... read everything you can until they get there and then continue reading when you get them.
My vet lets me call him anytime.... I posted a question on here last year and got tons of responses saying my horse had cushings..... now in all fairness this is a great place, but my vet said that rather than me spend money to have him come out and say no to each ailment I suspect, that to just call him with any questions......
"Equine-facilitated therapy employs a form of biofeedback for practicing self-awareness, emotional management, and relationship skills that human role-playing exercises and discussion groups cannot begin to access." Linda Kohanov (The Tao of Equus)