I show at local shows that are pretty casual.
I used to ride only english, and I'd always braid for it. It looks impressive on him, and judges have complimented me on it before.
This year, I've started riding western pleasure. For the first show I went to with him, I simply banded his mane for both english and western. We were fine, but we didn't place well (only because he was totally crazy that day...), and I'm not sure if I like the look of it. Comet is very energetic when we do english, and I think the look of a banded mane flopping around is sorta ehh. I saw one person had the mane braided for both english and western, and wondered what you guys think.
Would it be okay, for the level I'm showing at, to ride western pleasure with a braided mane? (There is no possible way for me to take his mane out of braids in time for western.)