About ABCR

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The American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry (ABCR) was founded in 1971 and is the oldest Registry of Curly Horses. The goals of the ABCR are to preserve this rare horse breed, to promote the Curly Horse as much as possible in shows and in the media, provide education about the special features of the horses, and to protect the genetic pool of the small breed population worldwide.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

QUESTION: HOW CAN I TELL IT IS A CURLY HORSE I SEE?

ANSWER: Curly horses com in all colors and vary a lot regarding their size and type. The winter coat expresses itself in a variety of patterns commonly described as Marcel Wave, Crushed Velvet, ...Curl and Micro Curl. The summer coat also offers varieties ranging from smooth to wavy. The manes and tails vary from ringlets, corkscrews to dreadlocks.The hair in their ears and on the fetlocks is wavy or curly, too, and the eye...lashed are often considerably curled up.

Around a quarter of all Curly Horses are born with a straight coat, mane and tail. They do not show the characteristics as described above, however, their coat is considerably different to those of other breeds. Especially in winter it is thicker and much softer than the coat of other horse breeds, like bunny hair. Straight Curly Horses seem to have the same hypoallergenic trait like their Curly relatives.

 

HAPPY SATURDAY ...

... with your Curly Horse!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A SNIPPET OF THE PAST

Does this picture look familiar to you? Enjoy!

HYPO-ALLERGENIC CURLY HORSES

Curly Horses are hypo-allergenic in many cases. Hypo-allergenic means that, in this case, the horse is less likely to cause a person who is allergic to horses to have an allergic response. That does not mean that the person will not have an "allergy attack", but that often the symptoms are less severe if they are present at all. So if you visit a Curly Horse, and you are allergic to horses, be sure to take you medicine with you!
We do not know exactly why this is so, and studies are on going. We think it may be because the Curly Horse's hair is different than a regular horses, or that the proteins in their skin are different.
One of our members, Dr. Wolfgang Mitlehner, recently published a pilot study on the hypo-allergenic characteristics of the Curly Horses. You can find it here: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/research/4582203889

EVER WONDERED HOW THE FREMONT WOOLLY HORSE LOOKED LIKE?

You find a detailed description from 1882 here, enjoy!