OP - try contacting your local extension office -ask for the contact info of the local 4-H horse/pony leader. They will be a gold mine of information for all the "horsey" set in your area - may well point you in the direction of someone who can help you and your horse start building a better foundation to move forward on. You may even find someone who can help you overcome the transportation complication by working with you on-site (less common, but does happen). Or you might consider taking some lessons at a barn without having to take your horse along - learning on one of their BTDT lesson horses will give you a skill set (and confidence
) that you can carry home with you to transfer to your work with your own horse.