Ugh all this talk about long manes makes me wish I had never touched Drifter's. Here is a pic of how it was, and what it is now. I definitely regret the pulling decision. Definitely. Thankfully he's a fast mane grower. I'm ready for his long locks to be back! OP, your horse is GORGEOUS. Drifters was also very thick when it was long so I would just braid it. It took a while but it kept it from getting too tangled. His was never as long as that gorgeous thing though!