LOL, I was just coming back to this thread to mention the article in H & R!!!!
I thought the banding was really cute and looked really nice!
As far as attacking the hay, all he needs to do is scratch once and a while, or even when they begin to eat the hole into the hay, reaching in and out for more will scrub off the weaker ends.
Or like Farmpony said, some horses just don't grow an long forelock!