I love love looooove my horses with long manes, it adds to any other baroque attributes and makes them so unique. And, ..I don't mind the additional work involved
I find grooming and caring for my horses a very pleasant time-off and an excuse to mentally switch off from the corporate world.
My andalusian has a thick mane, which is quite long, but not as long as those in the photos. I've been washing it & leaving it out to dry naturally, then braid it and bag those braids for about a week. The process of drying and braiding takes about 3-4 hours, but that's done once a week. Never took a shot at oiling though. Also, I used cowboy detangler for a while but noticed it made his mane SO DRY, so I stopped it, now I detangle his mane (if needed) strand by strand. (I told you, i don't mind the extra work lol)
What I like about mane bags is that it keeps the braids intact, and keeps wood-shreddings and sand away from it, but what I dislike about them is that the top part of the mane along the crest is not covered, and is often susceptible to breaks if he decides to scratch his neck against the wall.
I often see some dressage horses covered with a light stable blanket and a neck-cover, do you think I could use a neck-cover like that one when I keep him in the paddock or the box?