I am the eternal novice horsewoman. Not from lack of time in the saddle, but I'm simply not much interested in showing etc. So, most of my basic training is done by myself after researching books/forums/picking brains/etc.
So I rode with a girlfriend who has a HIGHLY trained western pleasure horse and I asked to ride her horse. OMG I loved the western pleasure jog and lope! However, I have no clue where to even begin to train a horse for this.
I know a trainer would be my best bet. But honestly I like the time and involvement with my horse. Nothing as fullfilling as finally "getting it." Plus, in this economy you gotta pinch pennies when you can!