Just want to clarify that some of those famous trainers are really good. I do like Clinton Anderson and I do believe he is probably one of the best out there. But gosh I have seen some famous trainer seminars that would make your toes curl. Its all about "buy my lead rope" "buy my round pen" ughhh. I take a little bit from each trainer/horseperson (famous or not) that I meet and apply it to my situation.
I do understand people are new to horses and its a different world. But I still say common sense has to prevail.
I do agree on getting a mentor! So many of these things don't make sense unless you SEE IT in front of you. Its very hard to type out all the little things that is in a persons head and convey that in type. I have been very lucky to have some awesome mentors
I am not a "trainer" and when I help people I do it for free. Partly because I feel compelled to pay it back (as my mentors did with me) and partly because I am an amatuer show person and cannot be compensated for training. All I ask is they cover my gas. I am so passionate about horses that I don't mind doing it as long as they will apply what I give them. Especially when it comes to small equine as they get a bad rep as being mean and onery when its actually that they are pretty dang smart and know how to work owners
But please if you ask for advice---(NOTHING wrong with asking for help!) please be open to what people are saying. Like G&K said don't ask for help and then say "that wont work" "but" "I can't do that" etc etc.