Hello! I recently purchased a 3 year old TWH who I would like to start showing in the spring..but I have a question. My question is- what are the rules about neck reining with a young horse in a class? I bought my arab when she was 3, and the general rule with her was I was allowed to ride two handed in western classes until she was 5. I'm not sure if the same goes for all breeds or not, and getting back into gaited horses I figured it would be good to know I am beginning to work with my TWH on neck reining, and it shouldn't be a problem by spring as I am finding out VERY quickly she is an extremely intelligent horse and a quick learner, but I was just curious. I was looking at some pictures online from The Celebration, and some riders were neck reining and some were riding two handed, so I am confused.
Also, what type of headstall should I buy? I currently have one that is beautifully beaded to match my show saddle, but is a two ear headstall. Can I still use this or do I need one with a brow band?