My AQHA gelding has the thickest black mane, with considerable length! It is absolutely gorgeous but I would love to keep it tidier as he always seems to play in the burrs! Also, since it is black, on the hotter days it causes the poor guy to sweat pretty badly beneath it. I have been told to just cut it straight and follow the angle of his neck, but whenever I see people do this it just looks awful if not done perfectly. I've never had to pull a mane before but that has also been suggested to me.
So what are your tips for dealing with a thick, long mane?