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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ABCR FOUNDATION HORSES

On this picture you can see ABCR 5 Chocolate Chip D, foaled 4-29-1961. Enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2014

JOIN US ON THE 44TH ABCR CONVENTION!

Working from dusk to dawn to make everything nice and pretty for the 44th ABCR convention...EVERYBODY welcome 2-4 October.

www.HCRcurlyhorses.weebly.com



ABOUT THE CURLY HORSE

Curly Horses are a rare and beautiful breed, coming in different conformation types, but generally with a wonderful disposition that usually makes them great beginner horses. They are not just Curly Horses, but the curly coat seems to be al...so hypoallergenic. People who suffer from horse allergies often react very little, if at all, to the Curly Horse.

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 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.The ABCR has registred over 4,100 Full, 750 Straight and 750 Part Bred Curly Horses since 1971 and is the largest Registry for American Bashkir Curly Horses worldwide.
 




 

CHECK YOUR ABCR MEMBERSHIP!

ABCR offers membership valid ONE YEAR AFTER PAYMENT, so please check if you need to renew!

Enjoy the following advantages being an ABCR member:


http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/sign-up-now-and-profit-by-services-and.html

QUESTION: I HAVE RECENTLY HEARD ABOUT PSSM IN CURLY HORSES. WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT?

Like in other horse breeds such as Quarter Horses, genetical diseases can occure in the Curly Horse breed as well. You can find a comprehensive overview abo...ut genetic DNA testing here: http://curlyhorses.com/genetic-testing.htm. Thanks Donna Grace Vickery for the hard research work on this!

ABCR provides a quality assured online pedigree database for ABCR horses to help breeders determine possible risks due to the parentage of their Curly Horses.

You can also buy CA-DNA testing in our shop: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/shop/4556739652/ca-testing/566957.

We are just preparing package deals for other common genetical equine diseases and will post the corresponding shop item(s) within short. We would like to encourage all of our breeders to have a closer look at this topic and act accordingly.
 

+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

In Kentucky, Shawn and Louis Tucker breed some fine Curly Horses on their THREE FEATHERS NATIVE CURLY HORSES farm. Stallion is FN NAGIHANHEPI Wi TO, ABC 3954.
You can visit the Webpage here: http://www.three-feathers.com/


GELDING YOUR CURLY HORSE

The Cury Foals are growing ... what to consider if your male foals shall be no breeding stallion? We found an interesting article about gelding your colt: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34580/castration-the-when-and-how



Sunday, September 28, 2014

A CURLY GOOD MORNING!




QUESTION: IS THE CURLY HORSE REALLY A BREED?

Well, this certainly depends on how you want to define the terms “Curly Horse” or "breed".

ABCR defines a breed as follows: “A breed is a specific group of domestic animals or plants having hom...ogeneous appearance (phenotype), homogeneous behavior, and/or other characteristics that distinguish it from other organisms of the same species and that were arrived at through selective breeding.” (Wikipedia)

It might be interesting to read an old time note of Norman Dills, serving ABCR as president between 1983 and 1988, about the characteristics a Curly Horse should have, see below. Based on these experiences and recommendations of the old time Curly Horse Breeders, ABCR has developed a breeding standard of the “ideal ABCR Curly Horse” that can be found here: http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/body-confirmation-medium-size-head-with.html

We encourage our breeders to breed for ALL characteristics that compose the ABCR Curly Horse such as a gentle disposition, a sound and sturdy confirmation, the hypoallergenic trait or the hard hooves.

Research is still going on to find out the genetic settings responsible for these characteristics. ABCR considers DNA typing of the Curly Horses registered with us both as a contribution to this research as well as a proof of parentage which is important for our breeders to make the best breeding decisions possible regarding the horse health and breeding standards.
 
 

HOW DO I ... TRANSFER AN ABCR HORSE?

Bought an ABCR Curly Horse and want to transfer it to your name? See how it is done here:

http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/please-follow-this-procedure-to.html



AUTUMN TIME IS CURLY TIME

Awww, autumn time is curly time

Thanks Ellaree Native Horses for sharing!

ABCR FOUNDATION HORSES

Here you see a very special foundation horse, Ruby Red King AMHR 26101. This Morgan Horse stallion was sired by ROCKWELL'S VALLEY TAN AMHR 143553 and out of ROXANNE DAWN AMHR 015965 AMHR and had 50 registered ABCR registered foals. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

ENJOY YOUR CURLY WEEKEND!


ABCR HORSE AND RIDER

Do you recognize Horse and Rider? Enjoy!

QUESTION: I HAVE HEARD THAT CURLIES DON'T NEED ANY OF THE "NORMAL" CARE OF A HORSE LIKE SHOES, DE-WORMING, GRAIN, VACCINATIONS, ETC. IS THAT TRUE?

Curlies are horses. When we keep horses in a domestic environment we need to do things for them that wild horses may not require. Curlies, like any other, do best when their vaccinations, farrier work, and de-worming is kept up to date for their home ...area. Many Curly Horses are not shoed because they tend to have naturally round and hard feet; however, depending on where they live and what they do, you may find them with shoes.

Most Curly Horses do get some grain or other feed supplement, again depending on where they live. Each region brings its own vitamin and mineral requirements that the horse cannot get from their hay ration. It is best to speak with a local veterinarian to find what is best for your area; however, many Curlies are "easy keepers" and do not need as much grain as a different breed of horse. Again, check with your veterinarian!
 
 

ABCR BI-WEEKLY CURLY BIRTHDAY CHILDREN

Happy birthday!

CURIOUS ABOUT THE CURLY HORSE?

Check out our ABCR Curly Horse FAQ!

http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/frequently-asked-questions.html



THE CURLY DISPOSITION

One of the most cherished qualities of the Curly Horse is their calmness and extremely gentle disposition. We do feel that this is one of their finest features. Many have been taken off the open range, even full grown ...animals, and in a day or two, they are gentler than horses that have been handled for years. Nothing seems to ruffle them. They do not tend to resort too flight when frightened, which has been claimed the horse's greatest means of survival. Most of them soon respond to kindness and affection because of their inherent gentle nature. They will tend to freeze in a tight spot so seldom get themselves hurt, even if caught in dangerous situations. They will delight in human companionship and love to be talked to.
 
 

A SNIPPET OF THE PAST

Does this picture look familiar to you? Enjoy!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

THESE CURLY EYES ...

Curly horses are famous for their almond shaped eyes with an extraordinary gentle expression and looong eyelashes, well curved upwards.




10 USEFUL LINKS WHEN BUYING/SELLING A CURLY HORSE

Did you find the Curly Horse of your dreams and want to buy it? Just check out these useful links before you sign!
http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/buying-your-first-horse-and-it-is-curly.html

QUESTION: I HAVE HEARD THAT ABCR ONLY REGISTERS FOALS THAT COME FROM TWO ABCR REGISTERED HORSES. IS THAT TRUE?

No, ABCR has created two further books to register other Curly Horses as well:

1) Outcross Book: 1 parent from Full Book & 1 r...egistered parent of another breed
2) BLM Curly Mustang Book: Curly Haired BLM Mustangs & offspring

Not eligible
- Matings of two straight coated horses
- Horses with unknown parentage (Grade Horses)
- Offspring with less than ½ fraction of Full Book or Mustang Book parentage

Not sure if your Curly Horse is ABCR eligible? Try our easy-to-use ABCR Registration Pre-Check tool to find out!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QvtSM6ir5LABpVYuDd2t_N9dYRB73N-Y_zriA2M1svQ/viewform

For details and questions about the ABCR registrations rules,
- see ABCR Rules & Regulations, 3ff: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/about/4553897711,
- ask the ABCR Registrar (registrar@abcregistry.org) or
- ask your District Rep: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/board-members/4553897714

+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

If you are interested in Curly Horses and pass the southeast of Tennessee, visit Carrie Wakefield and her SILVER STORM FARM! Stallion Silver Twisted Saint ABCR 4068. Find Details here: http://www.silverstormfarm.com/

CURLY PROMOTION ACTIVITIES IN THE NETHERLANDS

With this short article we would like to let you know about our Curly promotion activities in the Netherlands. As you may, or may not know, the Dutch have a long history with horses; the Dutch warmblood and Friesian horses are well know all... over the world and our dressage and jumping riders belong to the best in the world. At the moment there are only about 25 Curly Horses in our small country. Not nearly enough in our opinion compared to the huge equestrian scene we have here and a population of 400,000 horses. That’s why we’re working very hard on promoting our beloved Curlies! In the last few years we managed to get articles about Curly Horses in all Dutch Equine magazines and we finally notice that more and more people know about them. 

 This year we promoted our Curlies at the 3 day event ‘Horse Event’ for the second time. It is the largest equestrian event in our country with over 30,000 visitors. Our promotion horses were 7 year old mare Missouri’s Sunshine (owned by Jessica Venhorst) and 6 year old breeding stallion CS Indian Fire (bred and owned by Claudia Spanjaard). At Horse Event people can see clinics and demonstrations at various different arena’s all day, but the main attraction is the breeds parade where 20 to 30 different breeds, divided into groups, are shown to the public twice a day. The organization was very pleased to have our rare Curly Horses in the parade. We presented Missouri’s Sunshine under saddle and Indian Fire by hand so people could see his complete posture. 

 It is always very exciting to take your horse to such a big event. For Missouri’s Sunshine it was the first time ever at an event, let alone such a big event. She behaved like she’d done it a million times before. The first day she had to get used to all the impressions and people, but never set one foot wrong. At the end of the day she was just loving all the attention and even followed people around to get some more! Taking a stallion to an event always brings an extra risk, especially during breeding season with many mares in heat around. However, Indian Fire also behaved super. He was excited around the mares, but once in the arena it was like he knew his job of walking around as the most relaxed stallion ever. The last day is always the busiest day with thousands of spectators. Among all the noise, applause and scary surroundings our great Curlies walked around like they had never done anything else. While other horses started spooking when the noise got to loud, ours just stayed cool. We were both so proud and even more in love with this wonderful breed!

 Next year we plan on promoting our Curlies as much as possible at events and in competitions. It’s not easy as there are only very few Curlies here and even less that are ridden and shown, but slowly we gain more awareness. Next year we hope we can even put up a little show, demonstrating the cool Curly personality and diversity. Any suggestions for this are more than welcome, as many of you have a lot of experience in promotion. Hopefully we can increase the Dutch Curly population quickly.


Submitted by Rob Hattink, Claudia Spanjaard & Jessica Venhorst
 
Walking in the main Arena
Who wants to touch the Curly?!
The team left to right: CS Indian Fire, Rob Hattink,
Claudia Spanjaard, Jessica Venhorst & Missouri’s Sunshine


Walking in the main arena


Walking in the main Arena
 
Our booth



Missouri’s Sunshine

Missouri’s Sunshine


 
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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 sur...e 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






QUESTION: WHAT ARE CURLY HORSES USALLY USED FOR?

Curly Horses can do anything at all! Curlies are known for being versatile, hardy, gentle horses. In equestrian sports, they are actively used in most of the standard disciplines for other h...orses such as: competitive and classical dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing, and combined driving. There have been Curly Horses used also in the western disciplines of barrels, reining, gymkhana, and Western pleasure. You will find them being used as trail and pack horses. They compete in endurance and competitive trail. Many are used as 4H & Pony Club mounts or therapeutic horses and are wonderful with these children due to their usually gentle nature. CURLIES CAN DO IT ALL!