I read an old post about someone jumping and there were so many negative comments bc the individual (I believe she was a child) was jumping without the right saddle or clothing and didn't have a trainer.
My comment is this because I don't know where else to put it but wanted to address it in case it arose it again:
Some people learn best by doing it themselves. Teaching themselves. I am one of those people. I also, have always needed to be one of those people because I cannot afford to be taught (numerous things, but my horse is no exception).
If there were a class I could take on equine management for the horse owner, I'd sign up for it -if I could afford it. I'd also sign up for lessons if they were available in my area (with my horse) or a trainer for my horse if I could be directly involved. But for the most part, I'd rather figure out the problem myself and resolve it. It might take longer, but in the long run, I've learned more and in doing so, might not make different mistakes because of the process.
Perhaps I'm not the only one who learns this way. Perhaps it may seem a bit odd but it works for me. When I'm over my head or confused, I ask for help and take the offered suggestions.