Horse Show Style. love this top! simple but flashy. I'm plannin on training my Aunt's gray gelding here soon, and if we ever get to go to a show, I think a black top like this would look wonderful with his black tack.
Western showing Trimming Tips for Banded Manes. Short and crisp is what judges are looking for. However I band and still have a long mane. Band if the show is windy they will help from the horses hair flying everywhere.
The stigma about passing is about to change. Judges are moving toward a quality before quantity approach in the western pleasure division. If a rider can build up the quality of their horses movement, they will score better at all gaits.