Originally Posted by Lucara
Oh I wouldn't touch the feathers! I LOOOOVE feathered horses. I'm not a big fan of mane upkeep though. I had to battle with Samsons thich locks. I would never have the heart to roach it but, thinking back, he would look perfect with it roached.
Look at those mile long friesian manes makes my eyes twitch when you think about the care fo them.
I tried to find the old thread on COTH, but I couldn't find it
IIRC, she roached the mane because her horse rubbed most of it out. And I believe the feathers because she was battling scratches... so the removal of all of that hair would help. She was planning on letting those grow back asap.
She did show the horse while he looked like that in dressage with no problems. Like the other poster said, as long as you're not planning on taking them to breed shows, it doesn't matter what their mane looks like.