I'm planning on doing dressage with Vinnie. He is an arabian, so leaving the mane long and just doing a running braid would be acceptable. However, I am not against pulling it to do button braids.
My only concern is that his neck would look horridly short & thick with a pulled mane
This is the best picture I could find of his mane. The part that is rubbed is now about 3-4" (the length I would pull it to) and the rest is a bit longer & thicker. Ignore the dork face