Is the mane so thin it will always need roaching???? If it had enough thickness I would have greased it up good and braded it to make it hang properly. After about a week you could have undone the braids and it would have laid. I have had a couple of App mare here to breed to my quarter stud that did not have enought mane or tail to ever look good to me.
Veggie oil, WD-40 and baby oil, all will do the trick.
MRJ, you can get bale feeders for horses that they won't rub their manes out on. They work real well.
On the Appy horses or any horses that don't grow a mane, it is because the mane and tail hairs are brittle and they tend to break real easily. I have heard that if you soak the mane and tail in oil, you can get them to grow out.
Oops, forgot what kind of oil :???:
Feeding horse mineral will also do the trick. :wink: