I was looking at this fantastic photo and wondered something. Do you think this horse's main has been roached?? His hair could be on the other side of his neck, but there simply is none draping his face...merely a tuft?? Looks like it could have been roached and is now growing back! It certainly looks like its been more than just pulled!!
I know that roaching was fashionable in the early 20th century among the equestrian world and cavalry, which got me wondering how common this practice would have been during the 19th Century. It obviously is one good way to help maintain some cleanliness for prolonged periods. I don't thing it would have been a lack of electricity thing as manual clippers were used.
Source: Civil War Image Database, Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia (http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/govd...ch_images.html).