My horse is going to be used for an IHSA Horse Show in Western Horsemanship classes. Basically, I donate my horse's time and collegiate riders compete on him and other "donated" horses. I'm a 100% English gal, so I have no clue how to turn him out for the event! I kind of want to go all out because it will be our first show together (even though it's only HE who is showing!)
So, what do I do with his mane? How short? Do I band? Just leave it hangin? Do I want to cut it (cringe) so that there's a super straight line or just pull as normal?
What do I do with his forelock? Braid it? Leave it hangin? Tuck it to the side under his bridle?
What do I do with his tail? Keep it curly from just coming out of his braided tail sack? Straighten it with water?
I'm also going to buy a bridle for him (borrowing a saddle). Does it matter if it has a standard browband, V-brow, or ear loop thingies?
Thanks! Hopefully my boy will look like he belongs at the show even with his massive ground-covering canter...I mean "lope!"