Just info...here is the appearance info from the APHA rulebook.
1. Appearance of the exhibitor should be neat, clean and appropriate
Western wear must be worn.
2. Appearance of Horse: The horse should appear fit and well conditioned.
The hair coat should be clean and well brushed. The mane and tail
Should be clean and tangle free. The mane may be banded or braided,
But it is not mandatory. It is acceptable to roach the mane but the forelock
And tuft over the withers should be left. The bridle path, eyebrows
And long hairs on the head and legs should be clipped, except where
Government regulations prohibit. The inside of the ears may be clipped.
Hooves should be properly trimmed and if shod, the shoes should fit
Correctly and clinches should be neat. Hooves should be clean and may
Be painted black, brown or clear, with hoof dressing, or be shown naturally.
Tack should fit properly and be neat, clean and in good repair.