I struggled for years with my Haffie's mane ans English shows. She had a long, flowing THICK typical Haffie mane that I could never decide what to do with at shows. One day in September, we were jumping, and my hands got tangled in her mane. I decided I was done with the long mane thing, and the next week, cut and pulled it to a more typical length. I was able to braid nicely for the next show, I felt we were both more ready to show, and we placed batter to! So I suggest just cutting it to about 4 or 5 inches, then pulling it alot to get the thickness down. I'll post some pics. You should too!