I saw a picture of a draft with a roached mane and oddly enough, I actually kind of liked the way it looks. Is there any heath problems that you can get from roaching a horses mane? Also, why do they roach them or is just for looks?
Definitely no health problems. Some people like the look, some have a rubbed or uneven mane that they want to grow back evenly.
I did it on Jubilee last year because when I first bought her, she had burrs in her mane and her previous owner decided to chop pieces of it out. Anyway, here's what it looked like before and after (sorry the pics are ginormous):
After (much neater):
I'm personally not a fan of the roached look and prefer long manes or shorter, straight cuts. But that is just my personal preference. I think it can look very nice on some horses.
Some breeds roach for certain types of shows and sometimes just because they do not want to mess with the mane. It actually tends to make a thin necked horse look better. It makes their neck look bigger
I have roached my Arab gelding's mane a few times, mostly because he rubs it so much during the summer. I think he looks good with a roached mane.
Some breeds, like App's and Mules, will roach manes because there isn't much there to begin with and it gives a cleaner look.
Others, like the Fjord's show the color of the mane when it's roached.