Man I feel you on this one! Sadly where I can put my jumps are limited, so its up to me to give him a bit of creativness before jumping. I bring the jazz on flat work. *As for the lessons- I only take a lesson when I need to advance. I take the lesson and do it exactly the same everytime untill its perfect at home. Which usually takes me 2 soild weeks. And I dont really have a trainer either the "lessons" are from my friend who actaully takes them then teaches me. It is dangerous, but I always have my mum (she is a vet) watching me. You know about all the normal safety. And unless your jumping 4ft or over- a trainer isnt really needed, in my opinion. (People have been jumping their horses for centuries without a trainer)
Super interested in this post! Happy Riding!