| I understand completely, Alora; its kinda what makes it that breed for me too xD|
But the reason I asked is because the registries for the Gypsy Vanner don't actually have it as mandatory for the horse to have the feathering to register and there's the idea of grooming for horses in V2 where your horse's mane and tail will grow over time (this was a really old idea that I think was mentioned somewhere) and you guys would be able to style it with the help of a Groomer.
So, even if you decide to take your horse to get the big chop, it'll come back xD
I had also thought of the same feature being used to identify yearlings that haven't matured yet (shorter mane and slightly smaller image) to use as an in-between for the foal and adult image.
But I completely get your stance on the feathering ;3