Roaching/Hogging a mane??
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?
"I'm just sort of derpy sometimes. But that's okay, cause my horse is derpy too. So we balance each other out! ... Right?"