In showmanship you may not touch the horse, with one exception: Sometimes the judge will touch the horse's mane, even push it over onto the other side of the horse's neck. THEN you can fix the mane the next time you are in that quarter (I'll post a thread on the quarter method -- it's not difficult to do, just to explain, so I'll start a new thread for that
A normal pattern will involve walk and jog/trot, halt, backing up (usually 5 steps), pivoting, and setting up for inspection. Inspection is usually at or near the end of the pattern. Here's one of the wackier patterns out there:Improving Communication Between Horse and Rider: Showmanship Pattern 1
Here's my response to another thread, on squaring or setting up:
After I halt, I turn and face the horse without changing my grip on the lead, toes pointing to the horses feet on a 45 degree angle. I visualize the lead rope hanging in the center of an imaginary square, with each corner of that square corresponding to each foot. I choose 1 foot that I like the placement of, and I leave that alone unless the horse moves it I usually pick a hind foot, and if neither hind foot is perfect I pick the one that is too far back since a weight shift back just tends to work better faster to get correct alignment.
To move the other three feet, I push the lead from the "center" of the square to the corner that matches the foot I want to move. I also use a verbal cue to back it up in the beginning, I use a cluck followed by the word "set" (so, cluck set, cluck set...). It takes a lot of practice for the horse, and a lot of "know when to quit" from the handler. Look for improvement on the last attempt, not perfection. In the beginning, square her up, praise her (treats or petting) while she's standing still, and then walk her out of the pose.
Having a good controlled back helps a lot the way I teach this, because I ask for a backward rebalancing. Another tip is to combine the exercise with daily handling. One of the best ways to really ingrain the square-up is to just do it every time you stop when leading her. Stop to open a gate? Square her up before you go through. Stop to take her halter off? Square her up first. In a surprisingly short amount of time, they square quicker and quicker, eventually even halting square, which is a big bonus in the ring where a square taking over 3 seconds can be penalized.
Sorry about the novel, I get windy when I start talking G&S.