My horse has a naturally long mane, and he's also on a nice rounded diet of hay/grain/supplements, so I know he has the genetics and health in check. However, I love long manes and so i've been trying to grow and maintain his as much as possible. At the moment, I'm using MTG and braiding his mane in multiple strands once a week, and then re-doing it all the next.
However, the other day at the barn a girl mentioned that she always thought that braiding a mane would pull out hair, and ultimately be bad for his mane.
So ... thoughts? Should I leave it long and unbraided? Or does braiding it keep it safe and help it grow?
What do you guys do with your ponies manes?