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Personally, i think it ruins the purpose of the elegance in a friesian. One thing that makes the so gorgeous(i think anyway) is their mane.
Don't get me wrong...I LOVE manes, too! Even though they are a pain in the you-know-what to maintain. But I think those horses with the roaching look like Grecian Horse Gods! Hehe :lol:


Not to mention having a full mane like a friesians in the Florida heat would make life a bit uncomfortable.
Yeah, typically Friesians don't like heat. This past weekend, we went from 20 degrees during the night to the next morning being in the 60's... TJ was just standing in his field sweating! :shock: I felt bad! Poor guy was prolly' wishing he would just blow his winter coat right then and there! Wonky March weather! :-x
 

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Well on the upside, you dont ahve 40* nights and 80* days. That REALLY messes up your winter coat lol. We had a black percheron at Dixie and the poor guy would start melting within 5 minutes of taking him out to the fields during the day.
 

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I shake my head at you all...
 

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I shake my head at you all...
Would that happen to be up an down shaking as in "Ah, I see your points."

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Would that happen to be the side to side "What the heck are you thinking?" type of shaking??? :lol::lol::lol::lol::p

I'm guessing the latter, which I get too, I happen to like the greek god look, but I fully understand the other side of the coin!!! :wink:
 

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I'm open to either way as far as the roached manes go... though my pony has always had a long, lovely golden mane and it would be an absolute pity to take it off. During the summers I usually braid it so she doesn't get too hot. Summers here are relatively mild, too.

On the other hand, winter here is muddy muddy muddy. I usually cut off my girl's feathers during the wet miserable months because they just get caked with crud and stay moist and that really doesn't seem good for the well being of her skin.

There's a Freisian owner at our barn who painstakingly brushes out and blow drys her boy's feathers rather than to cut them off during the winter. She was convinced that feathered horses have feathers for a very distinct reason and that cutting them off is somehow really bad. My pony has been just dandy so far.
 

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The idea of a mohawk is quite interesting. My guy has a really thick mane. The mane problem (yes a real bad pun) is that it cannot decide which side to fall. Plus he likes to rub his neck on the door of his stall and has made it a bit uneven. I was playing with the idea of roaching it when I discovered this original thread (and it is the reason I joined your nice group of people %:). I posted a pick of Harkos' big neck, and with photoshop, I think I shall try a mohawk. I was just fortunate enough to acquire him at the end of February and he is such a sweet boy. All my best to you and yours, Cristine
 

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I suppose it would look cool, but I wince at the idea of cutting off all that gorgeous mane... lol
 

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I think they look great with roached manes! :) They look like Greek war/god horses! :D haha!
Horses that have a thick neck look great with them :) especially fjords :p They just look silly with long manes. xD
 

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It depends. I think if they have a pretty mane and ugly neck, then keep it, but if the mane is bad and neck is pretty, roach it.
 

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There was a fresian at the show I was just at with a roached mane and it didn't look good at all, it miight have been because it was a bad cutting job,but I actually thought it looked ugly on him...
 

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I hate roached manes. I love long flowing thick manes. Eeee they make me so happy! haha. The andalusian at a farm I go to has such a long gorgeous mane. I LOFFS IT.
 
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