So... How do you even compete? I don't know the first thing about anything halter, especially gaited horse halter, but I really want to try it out with my mare. My friend wants to take me to some open shows. I can't do anything ridden, since I don't have a cutback saddle OR a western show saddle. But I want to do something, so I decided halter would be interesting and much easier than acquiring a saddle.
1.) What kind of halter do I use? (Or bridle? I think you use bridles...) If I'm at a show without a gaited class, could/should I use a stock horse halter?
2.) What should I wear 1.) in a gaited only class, or 2.) when competing with non-gaited horses?
3.) Do I have to gait in-hand? Stupid question... I'm guessing yes.
Really, I need all the info I can get. I don't have a clue what I'm getting into.