I roach my Appy's mane, but his mane is a 5 inch mohawk at it's longest, so the shaving makes it look much tidier. We joke that he looks like a General in the ARMY. My paint, we leave his mane long and flowing , but it lays nice and straight on it's own. I think if I ever have another mane that's a struggle to keep tamed and I'm not showing, I'd consider roaching it. It's easy to keep clean-no knots or dreadlocks and mud comes right off.
My trainer would kill me if I tried. I show my horses year-round so they have to have nice pulled manes all the time. However, I think it looks good on some horses. If you do and try and grow it out again be ready for the awkward in between stages.
^^ Disagree!! There are lots of horses who look good with a hogged mane :]
I hog my horses manes. I even hogged my arabs mane, which is a big no-no, but he looked awesome! So sporty. And he looked like a punk with a mohawk when it was growing out, lol.
I hog Bundy's mane all the time, and my previous horse Vodka was also hogged all the time. Bundy looks like a spunk with a hogged mane, and it made Vodka look really polished and neat. I don't have pics on this comp, but I have other posts with pics of Bundy with his mane hogged.
Fjords definitely look good with roach manes. But they are the exception. There are some drafts that look good. Both breeds have nice thicker necks. But horses with thinner necks just look bad I think.
*shrugs* the majority of horses I see with hogged manes look great. But I do ride in the ASH world where it is the norm, and they are built well for it. Of course I don't think horses with skinny little necks look good with a hogged mane.