First I'd start by just taking him to shows and letting him hang out and get used to the environment without any pressure. Then I'd start reading the rule book and watching patterns on YouTube.
Some things you will need to practice are leading properly, backing up quietly and straight, trotting off promptly, your position. Those are the easy things. Squaring up and pivoting are a bit harder. For squaring I just kept moving my mares feet back and fourth until she stood square. It took about a week for her to get it with minimal prompting. Pivoting is going to be a bit harder. I was lucky my mare is an ex Reiner and knows how to pivot. We just had to transfer it onto the ground.
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We have 'open arena night' with two different arenas, and drill team at the college, so I think he'll get used to it all before our local show season starts.
He has a sort of long, thin 'Reiner mane' that goes about 3/4 of the way down his neck now and is GORGEOUS. Will I have to pull/cut his mane, or can I leave it like that? He's not going to just be a halter horse, but his mane and tail grow so slow that I want to avoid cutting them at all costs.. Will I still band like normal?
Also how do I clip the leadrope? The chain on the one I have is really short, but my practice one is long. I'm thinking about replacing the short one, but I'm trying to figure it out just in case I can't. Can it just go through under the chin, or does it HAVE to go down from the top? I don't think it'll reach..
I've been looking at some videos on YouTube and such and am sort of getting a feel for it. I still am not sure how and when to walk but Callie can probably explain that better in person.
am I allowed to cluck and say woah and such when showing, or no?
Sorry for all the questions, but I want to make sure I know it all.