Originally Posted by jazzyrider
my new mare has a lovely long, thick mane which hangs about an inch or so below her neck. Even at that length it presents many problems like: the hair near the bottom of the mane gets stuck under the front of the rug and it rubs and breaks hairs, in summer it gets very hot under the mane, in the rain/mud/wind it gets awfully knotty, it gets caught up in the breastplate and rings, it takes extra special love and care to keep it nice...and so on...because of all these things I generally keep it either in a running braid or 9 single plaits with a conditioning spray. This protects it more and keeps the mane of her neck cooler on hot days. It also keeps it out of my way and the rugs way so less is lost.
I love the long mane and tails. The dragging on the ground is a bit much though.
Jazzy, Vida's mane is very thick and long too. I may be in the wrong but I cut her mane off at the withers then just band a section forward so it doesn't get caught under her saddle blanket. I also do the bridle path and after fly season I cut the forelock out of her eyes. I catch hell and friends make fun of us for cutting the forelock, but it grow really fast and will be back in her eyes by spring.