I used to be a big hair fan. Especially after I bought Dreams, who with his Appy blood got hosed a bit on the hair gene, I was desperate for something with hair. Then I bought Thunder the Shire and I can tell you fo sho that nope, don't want hair anymore. Hair sucks. Poor Thunder muffin sweats like crazy in the summer, his hairy feets get clumps of mud and full of stickers when we go off roading,, and it takes me LITERALLY HOURS to bathe him. 15 minutes per leg, to shampoo and then rinse rinse rinse, 15 minutes for the mane, a full 30 or 45 minutes for his ultra-thick, super coarse tail Ö. Don't even me started on the tail. If I don't cut it, his tail gets so thick and heavy that he can't move it out of the way when he poops, so during the 6 months of freezing temps around here when we can't bathe the horses, his tail is full of poopcicles if I don't lop it off. Now I know why draft people dock their horses' tails Ö much less maintenance.
So to facilitate less sweating during the summer months and easier cleaning during the winter months, I now keep Thunder's mane and tail trimmed short - 4 to 6 inches for the mane, lopped off at the hocks for his tail. I also will periodically grab a giant hunk of hair at the base of his tailbone and lop that off too, to thin his tail a bit so he doesn't poop on it. It works for us and has shortened bath time considerably - it's still over an hour, but that's infinitely better than 2 hours or more. I would buy a Gypsy or Fresian cross - I've actually been looking at getting a Fresian cross for a faster, showier driving horse with a bit more endurance than a Shire - but I don't know if I'd buy either of them purebred. Maybe a Freisan. Maybe. Definitely not a Gypsy.