I always cut with scissors, and then cut upwards into the hair afterward. You can't tell it wasn't pulled, it's a lot faster, and my horse doesn't lose any mane thickness! The ONLY time I pull is if the mane is too thick. Otherwise I cut and no one's the wiser. ;)
I agree :)
Gah, I hate pulled and cut manes!! I love natural. I think short manes look disgusting, (no offense guys!). I would even rather a hogged mane over a pulled mane. :/
I love natural manes as well, but when you are competing, you probobly would want to go with a shorter, clean, even, thinner mane so that you can braid - makes the braiding allot easier.
It's hard to button braid a natural, long mane for a Dressage Show or for a Hunter/Jumper show.
If you aren't required to braid, then by all means :) I do agree, natural manes are lovely.