I personally love my horse's mane when it's long, but I had to cut and pull it becasue of show season, but I could never seem to get it too look good.
He has these cowlicks about midway that make his hair stand straight up when it's short, and if it gets a bit longer, it falls half and half. The top and bottoms of his mane are perfect, no cowlicks, and they look nice when they're short and thinned. The part around the cowlick is so THICK, and it's like no amount of pulling can thin it out, and even when it's thinned a bit, that stupic cowlick just makes it look really bad. Even braiding is hard with this. As my mom puts it, his mane looks like it's been butchered...
Here's a far off one where you can see one side of his mane... http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/phot...48320_2239.jpg
And one of the other side... http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...n706/fgfgh.jpg