I could stand it no longer so today I got busy and tidied the boy up. He had about 15cm lopped off his tail (which was on the ground *blush*) and I pulled his mane to a much more respectable length. He still has some weight to gain and was knocked for six last week when, after recovering from his gelding so well, he developed a lymphatic infection and had to have a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. He has come through it well and is now ready to go back to work. I have been lunging him in preparation for his return to work which will hopefully be underway next week.