I just purchased a two-year-old black and white tobiano Percheron/spotted draft cross colt. I honestly don't think he's every been groomed, but he absolutely loves it. He'll stand in his stall without needing to be tied and just let me brush him to my heart's content. I do have a concern, though. I haven't had a chance to work on his mane or tail yet and, quite frankly, I'm a bit reticent to. I know it needs to be done, but I also know it's going to be a major main to do. His tail probably won't be too horrible. However, his mane is a mess. There are pieces that are longer than others and it is very tangled. I have been "reprimanded" in the past for trimming a horse's mane with a pair of scissors (had no idea it was a "no-no"...good thing he was my horse :P), but I'm at a loss as to how to get Aires' mane even without pulling it (I don't know if he'd stand for that at this point...we're still getting the hang of leading and tying). Any suggestions on what I should do?
Here's a pic of how his mane looks now. This is just one side of it. There are a couple of stray chunks that fall to the other side (very "skater" looking, to be honest lol).
His coat is all nice and shiny and beautiful, but I feel like his mane and tail are keeping him from being as gorgeous as he could be.