This is my arab mare and she has rubbed out the lower section of her mane sticking her head through the fence and and scratching it on the trees and the barn. I really want her mane to look nicer than this. The lower section is all pourised, fuzzy, broken, nasty and just wont lay flat! I really do NOT want to roach or hog her mane. But I was wondering if I shave or trim the nasty part will it look ok? Or would it look weird? Her mane is nice up to her shoulder then to her withers it is just nasty! I am not showing for at least a year and I am thinking the air will grow back nice and healthy. And the hair towards the withers does not have to be super long, so I was thinking it would be ok. Please help!
Wow, she is a pretty horse except for that part! Lol. Well, I would condition it to death (a leave-in conditioner like Fructis is great), and then, as Roperchick said, put a slinky over it. If you don't have a slinky, then little braids stickin' straight up might prevent the mane from breaking off when she rubs it.
I completely understand your hesitation to roach her mane, the rest of it is so lovely... but just so you know, I roached my little mini gelding's mane (he had also rubbed parts of it, and it just looked scraggly and awful) and it grew back so much softer and nicer than it was before. Not saying you must roach, but that's my 2 cents.