Originally Posted by Cynical25
I'd leave it down. Make sure it's clean, tangle-free, and very lightly gel or hairspray down any frizzies on the crest for a clean look. Good luck!
I second this, I would not band a mane for western classes unless it is pulled, and I certainly would not braid. That's more of and English thing, to be honest! I've always preferred a natural but clean mane for western shows, even though pulled and banded is the norm for WP, equitation, halter and trail. Possibly a few others? Ranch horse classes are nearly always mane down and natural.
Cute horse, as well!