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I used to be a professional groom, if you don’t like long or roached, there are 3 ways to shorten a mane WITHOUT scissors, scissors are bad. Nothing looks worse that blunt manes cut straight across with scissors.
1) You can pull it, there are plenty of vidoes on how to do this out there, but it can cause some discomfort.
2) Try an mane rake, http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/2500/MTR95?utm_source=shopzilla&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopzilla%2Bdata%2Bfeed, these are great. The cleaner and more tangle free your mane the less the rake takes out at a time, if you use the mane rake on a dirty tangled mane you risk shredding the mane, in this case the outcome can be undesirable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ_80qq1nPE
3) You can use a blade, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL7qUte9nVA, to shorten manes without making them look cut with scissors. I use the 84AU Oster clipper blade myself, it also does a great job at raking out the undercoat of dogs, http://www.osterpro.com/products/blades/078511-126-001.html#prefn1=ospAnimalType&start=18&sz=12&prefv1=large-animal.
Try a little of a method and see if you like it. Here are some before and after photos of one of my customers horses.