It is too bad you are so far away, if you spent some time on the bike with someone getting some basic instruction my guess a lot of it would come together for you.
My guess is there are other trials riders who would be willing to spend a afternoon with you and let you use their bike to gain some confidence. I have done that with many new riders so they felt comfortable on the bike and comfortable with spending that much money on a bike.
The cool thing about trials is the form and technique really matter a new style bike that has all the lastest will not give you a advantage if you do not have the basics down first. Of all of the motor sports out there trials is one of the few left that you can not win a championship based on equipment and money spent. Time on the bike trumps all...Bob