I've been thinking about it. And Wiski has such a thick mane that I'm considering roaching it. It would strand straight on end and possibly look cute... So let me know what you think of the idea, yes or no?
Personally I LOVE the longer manes on light horses, and the roached manes on the heavy horses. He looks good the way he is. And he doesnt really have that thick of a neck to really emphasize the roaching.
I have a mini with a thick mane I roached it last summer it was awesome he looked like a trojan war horse!! I have a Morgan with a long thick mane that I am thinking of roaching it would also stick up just like the minis! It looked very cool. Go for it You can roach it at slightly different lengths in the middle so it is kinda curved.
I've never heard of manes getting tangled in reins before. That's interesting. My boy's mane is really long and I've never had that happened. I'll have to ask some of the others at the barn where I board if they've experienced that.
Manes can take a long time to grow back. I don't he has the neck for a roached mane but it may be the picture angle.