mzgtr - do not knock 'courses'. Yes you can learn alot at a workplace but the only problem with this is your only going to learn pretty much one method and one way of training. Get out there, go to courses and clinics that just about every horse owner does anyway. It may not be your cuppa tea but gaurentee you'll come away with atleast one thing you agree with and you can apply to your methods of training. I do not believe you can learn enough just at your work place. Even the most experienced of riders and top breeders attend clinics on how to handle / train horses and they make the top riders and breeders because they have wanted to educate themselves as much as possible. You can never know everything and one method is not going to work for every horse.