I'm interested in you guys' opinions on roaching or hogging a mane. The process of shaving it all off, you know? I'm an eventer, and I'm not really a fan of having a dozen or more braids in a horses mane for shows. I don't really want to pay for a groom to do this, and I just plain don't like the look!
I realize that roaching would be removing some of my little guys fly control, but he's not really bothered by them, especially because I put fly spray or a fly sheet and bonnet on him. I'm also really prone to getting my gloves/reins tangled in the mane when I'm riding! And I see this as a hazard for me, if my hands are tangled in his mane or something... I don't really "Grab mane" when I'm jumping (I use an automatic release, down the side of the neck sorta), but I'd leave a "Jesus handle" at the base of the neck anyways for mounting (I'm a shortie, and even with a mounting block, my leg's just not too flexible yet. Haha), so I would have that and/or a neck strap to grab.
My guy's got a decent neck, and we wont be doing much showing before his topline's fabulous anyways...
This is mainly cosmetic, I just want to know... is it silly? To shave off a horses mane just cause it looks "dopey" and I don't want to have to braid it and get my reins and hands tangled in it?