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.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

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!

Thanks Anu for sharing this gorgeous picture!

LET YOUR CURLY HORSE SHINE!

ABCR requires four pictures of your Curly Horse for the registration. One picture will be used for the certificate. These pictures and especially the picture on the certificate shall promote your horse and help ...to identify it! Learn more about the Do’s and Don’ts when you take your pictures here:
 
 
 

CURLY HORSE BREED

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.
 
 

DID YOU KNOW?

ABCR checks the average COI (Coeffiecient of Inbreeding) in the Closed Books (Full and Blood Percentage). We used the reduced formular of Wright for it, based on 5 generations.

We encourage all of our breeders to check the COI before breeding (we offer that as a FREE SERVICE to our members, non-members can buy that service, too), because a COI of below 1 % is recommended to avoid inbreeding depression within especially a small population (DGfZ (1992)).

Please contact us regarding any questions you might have with your Curly Horses.

You can find more Information on this topic here: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/research/4582203889

ABCR HORSE AND RIDER

On this picture, you can see ABCR 1002 JC'S JUBILEE ridden by Jim Alan. JC JUBILEE sired 37 ABC registered foals.

ABCR MONTHLY CURLY BIRTHDAY CHILDREN
Happy birthday!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

ABCR FOUNDATION HORSES

On this picture, you can see ABCR 235 SPOTTED COSSACK. He sired 35 ABC registered foals. Enjoy!

Friday, November 28, 2014

DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER US!

We make it easy to register your precious little ones. Find out how to register your new Curly Horse foals!

http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/how-do-i.html

DID YOU KNOW?

From the ABCR Rules & Regulations:
GRANDFATHER CLAUSE: Any curly horse born prior to 2002 with a veterinarian report showing proof of age and DNA testing and parent verification, with one ABC registered parent will be eligible for registration in the Blood Percentage Registry.


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.
 
 

HAPPY SATURDAY ...

... with your Curly Horse!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

Are you in North Ontario, looking for a Curly Horse? Drop in at TALL TREES CURLIES of Bruce and Marlene Tilson in Bonfield, maybe you find what you are looking for! Stallions at stud are WCC BUTCH CASSIDY ABC 2114 and TALL TREES ROGUE ABC 2442
Website: http://www.talltreescurlys.com/


QUESTION: I WANT TO BUY A CURLY HORSE. WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER?

First of all: Good decision to buy a Curly Horse! We compiled some useful links for you to help you find the Curly Horse of your dreams!

http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/buying-your-first-horse-and-it-is-curly.html

HORSE HEALTH

Interesting Observation on genetics influencing horse behavior.http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34945/do-equine-genetics-influence-behavior

GAIT KEEPER GENE MUTATION RESPONSIBLE FOR GAITS

Some of the Curly Horses are gaited, too. Learn more about the latest study in which researchers link Gene Mutation to all gaited breeds.
http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34196/researchers-link-gene-mutation-to-all-gaited-breeds

The study was published in Animal Genetics on 21st of January 2014:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/age.12120/abstract

HORSE HEALTH

We found this interesting infographic about Heaves in the Internet. http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34940/infographic-heaves

STATISTICS

Approximately 42 % of all ABCR horses have been registered as chestnut, 40 % as bay, 7 % as black, and 4 % as roan, 3 % as grey, 2 % as grullo/grulla, 1 % as sabino and dun each without stating the basic color.

*Note*: When registering a grey horse, please also state the basic color (bay, chestnut or black) and modifications such as tobiano, dun, cream for the records, thank you!


"MY KINGDOM FOR A CURLY HORSE"

Enjoy this ancient photo of a Curly Horse, published in 1922 in the Boston Sunday Post, but most likely much older (published in the old photos section)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

YOU HAVE A WHAT? A STRAIGHT CURLY HORSE?

Did you know that there are also Straight Curly Horses? What sounds like an oxymoron is true for some of the Curly Horses. They are also called smooth Curlies, since their coat is extra soft compared... to the coat of other horses especially in wintertime.
However, they also show the other characteristics of Curly Horses such as hard hooves, noticeably short, strong back, dense bones, even-tempered disposition and being hypoallergenic to many people suffering from allergies.
Overall, 86 % of all ABCR registered Curly Horses are curly, and 14 % are straight (smooth) coated.
 

+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

Today we would like to indtroduce you to Curly Breeder TAVANETZ RANCH of Dean Tavanetz in Saskatchewan, Canada. Contact Dean if you want to visit via eMail: rdtavanetz@sasktel.net.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

LIFE IS FULL OF CHANGES!

Let us know! New address, your Curly Horse changed color, have gelded your stallion? Please use our comfy online form to let us know!

https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-bashkir-curly-registry/how-do-i-report-changes-to-abcr/308378812652633

ABCR FOUNDATION HORSE KALEIDOSCOPE

Do you recognise horse and rider? Enjoy!





HORSE HEALTH CARE

What to do if you think that your (Curly)Horse is not well? Check out with this Horse Health Check List.
http://horses.about.com/od/basiccare/a/healthcheck.htm

NOT SURE IF YOUR CURLY 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 re...gistrations 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



Sunday, November 23, 2014

ABCR HORSE AND RIDER

On this picture, you see Pat McKendry on ABCR 33 PAT'S DIAMOND CHIP. Enjoy!

A SNIPPET OF THE PAST

 Does this picture look familiar to you? Enjoy!

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

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 eyelashed 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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

CURLY HORSE HISTORY BY SUNNY MARTIN

Learn more about the Dameles, the founding of the American Bashkir Curly Registry and the early Curly Horses, shared by Carol L Erickson!

Don’t forget to visit the Curly Horse History site of Carol and find many more interesting historical Curly Horse videos, pictures and articles! Enjoy!
http://curlyhorsehistory.weebly.com/

HORSE HEALTH CARE

How do you get back weight on your horse? We found this interesting article for you:http://americashorsedaily.com/feeding-underweight-horses/#.VHF_Su-BFhE

WANT TO SEE HOW CURLY HORSES DO PARADES?

Have a look at the webpage of Curly Horse Ranch, thanks for sharing!
http://www.curlyhorseranch.com/video.htm


Friday, November 21, 2014

TRAVEL SAFELY

Travel safely with your Curly Horse! Learn more about that here: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/31484/the-good-ride

HAPPY SATURDAY ...

... with your Curly Horse!

EQUINE JOURNAL

Good news for our US members! Every US members current will receive the EJ for the next year, regardless when they paid. If you have not been receiving EJ so far, please let us know.

You also find all issues online here:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-bashkir-curly-registry/abcr-equine-journal/312050555618792

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ABCR FOUNDATION HORSES

On this picture, you can see ABCR 2, COPPER D. Enjoy!

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 eyelashed 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.
 



 

ABCR @ Equine Journal

Find out more about the Curly Horse on page 132. Thanks Carol for the article!
http://issuu.com/hypmagazine1/docs/nov_issuu_opt_62700bc90a99b2

We want your article, too! Write down the latest adventure with your Curly...... Horse to be published in the Equine Journal, too! Send it to ilovecurlies@hotmail.com with pictures to be scheduled. Thanks!

You find all of our Equine Journal articles here:
http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/abcr.html

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW SERVICES

ABCR now offers DNA testing for genetic diseases at special rates. This includes the following test that CAN BE TAKEN FROM ALREADY EXISITING DNA SAMPLES provided for parentage verification:

- Equine Disease Panel (GBED, HERD...A, HYPP, MH, LWO)
- CA/LFS panel
- HERDA
- GBED
- CA
- LFS
- HYPP

You can buy the tests here: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/shop/4556739652/genetic-disease-dna-testing/8925385.

Unfortunately, UCD does not offer the PSSM1 test due to license reasons. Please use other labs for this test, e.g. http://www.animalgenetics.us/Equine/Equine_Test_Now.asp.

THE ABCR DATABASE IS UP AND RUNNING!

http://www.abcregistry.com/

ABCR provides a fully linked ABCR Curly Horse Studbook ONLINE with more than 7,400 entries and 2,300 pictures including all ABCR horses.

Neat feature: REVERSE PEDIGREE. This means that you can see from any given animal its offspring, grand-offspring, great-grand-offspring at-a-glance.

Ask your district rep or the office (secretary@abcregistry.org) for details. The database is continuously maintained, quality assured and enhanced. This service is for members.

Non-Members can buy a 24-hours subscription here:
http://www.abcregistry.org/#/shop/4556739652/subscription-to-abcr-horse-database/8371409


CURLS CURLS CURS

... that is what the Curly Horse is famous for! Learn more about the Curly Coat here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.373600319463815.1073741846.296135320543649&type=3

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

THESE CURLY EYES ...

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



STATISTICS

About 50 % of all ABCR registered Curly Horses are DNAed. This means more than 2,700 DNAed ABCR Curly Horses.

QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT THE CURLY HORSE AND CEREBELLAR ABIOTROPHY (CA)?

Deriving from the Arabian Horse, Cerebellar Abiotrophy is a recessive disease that affects the coordination controlling area of the brain. Latest studies found that it ca...n be passed on to other breeds that carry Arabian breeding influence. Carriers of the CA gene seem to be healthy and show no clinical symptoms.

Owners of Curly Horses can test their horses for CA before breeding e.g. at UC Davis: http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/horse.php. Use your current account or create one and order the CA Test for your horse. Further information about CA and the Curly Breed can be found in this article: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/27337/cerebellar-abiotrophy-not-just-for-arabians. Learn more about Cerebellar Abiotrophy here: http://www.cerebellar-abiotrophy.org/.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

CHECK YOUR ABCR MEMBERSHIP!


We ask all our members and breeders to check their 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: https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-bashkir-curly-registry/12-benefits-to-join-abcr/305702526253595


A SNIPPET OF THE PAST

Does this picture look familiar to you? Enjoy!


LOOK HIM IN THE EYE!

Interesting findings of horseman Lester Buckley. When evaluating a horse, he focuses on its eyes and expression. By accurately reading a horse’s disposition through its eyes, riders can select the type of horse best suited for them.

Read more:
http://www.westernhorseman.com/sections/horsemanship/2526-look-him-in-the-eye


CURLY HORSE HISTORY

The Curly Horse has been known even in old China. Read about and have a look at the Bas Relief of “Quanmaogua” (“Curly”).

http://www.penn.museum/blog/collection/125th-anniversary-object-of-the-day/taizong-horses-object-of-the-day-100/

RESEARCH

ABCR FOUNDATION HORSES

Remember ABCR 74 LONNIE J? She was from ABCR 1 PETER J AND OUT OF ABCR 75 INEZ. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

DID YOU KNOW?

Interesting information on the Tobiano gene:
"Tobiano is the result of a large chromosomal inversion on equine chromosome 3 and is inherited as a dominant trait. This means that with the exception of “cat tracks” TOto horse...s are indistinguishable from TOTO horses. Because of Tobiano's close proximity to Extension (Tobiano and Extension are both on chromosome 3), Tobiano is “linked” with Extension.

If for example, an Ee horse carries Tobiano, Tobiano will be “linked” with either E or e. If Tobiano is linked to E all the foals that inherit E from this parent will also inherit Tobiano while the foals that inherit e will not inherit Tobiano. Lets consider a black and white stallion who is Ee TOto (with Tobiano linked to E) and bred to solid chestnut mares. All of his bay or black foals will be Tobiano while all of his chestnut foals will be solid. Occasionally a “cross-over” will occur. This means that instead of Tobiano being linked to E it will instead become linked to e. This is thought to occur in 3%-7% of breedings. So in our example case 3%-7% of this stallions offspring will be Tobiano chestnut or solid Bay or Black."

You find the full article here: http://colorgenetics.info/equine/tobiano



CURLY MUSTANGS IN ARGENTINE

Did you know that there are also Curly Mustangs in Argentina? ABCR member, Gerardo Rodriguez, shared these gorgeous pictures with us. Enjoy!
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.300668450090336.1073741835.296135320543649&type=1

TIRED OF KEEPING HORSE FILES?

Use the ABCR cloud and have your information at a fingertip! We grant owners full read-access to their ABCR Horse Files ONLINE. See all information about your ABCR registered horse including registration pictures - which might be interesting sometimes! Contact your ABCR officer for more information.

WILD CURLY HORSES

A nice documentation of the wild Curly Horses from Barbara Wheeler Photography, thanks for sharing! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.201368133218947.43665.106213112734450&type=3

Friday, November 14, 2014

MEET THE ABCR OFFICERS!

Questions, comments, wanna say hello? Here are the officers of the American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry! Click on the pictures next to the name to enlarge.
http://www.abcregistry.org/#/board-members/4553897714


NOT SURE ABOUT THE CURLY HORSE?

Not sure about the Curly Horse? Check out our ABCR Curly Horse FAQ or ask if you are missing your question!
http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/frequently-asked-questions.html



HAPPY SATURDAY ...

... WITH YOUR CURLY HORSE!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEW EQUINE STUDIES PROGRAM

An interesting new Equine Studies Program can be found here: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34862/long-island-university-post-launches-equine-studies-program

DID YOU KNOW?

You find a lot of ABCR Information about the Curly Breed, Registration, Transfers, Membership, and many more in our Pages on the right side of our our homepage here:
http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/




TRANSFER AN ABCR CURLY 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

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 homogeneous 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: https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-bashkir-curly-registry/abcr-curly-horse-breed-standards/313053692185145.

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.
 
 

SCRATCHING OR PATTING?

Scratching or patting the horse as a reward? We found this interesting article about it for you: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34855/do-horses-prefer-patting-or-scratching

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HOW DO I ... ... REGISTER CURLY HORSES AT ABCR?

It is as easy as it was more than 40 years ago! Check it out here:

http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/how-do-i.html


+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

Are you in South Dakota, looking for a Curly Horse? Drop in at HEARTLAND COUNTRY CURLIES of Lindsey Dubbelde in Baltic, maybe you find what you are looking for! Stallion at stud is STAG CREEK MIKADE, ABC 3857. http://heartlandcountrycurlies.weebly.com/

FORMATION OF THE AMERICAN BASHKIR CURLY HORSE BREED

The modern day history of American Bashkir Curly dates to 1898, when young Peter Damele and his father were riding the Peter Hanson Mountains in the remote high country of Central Nevada, near Austin. Peter recalled seeing three horses with tight curly ringlets over their entire bodies. It was intriguing to both father and son as to where these horses had come from and just why they were there, questions that as you can see ...are still not answered. However, from that day to this, there have always been curly-coated horses on the Damele range. Many of the Bashkir Curly Horses in the U.S. can be traced back to the Damele herd.

Establishing The American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry in 1971, the founders set out to save these animals from extinction in the U.S., as it was found that too many of them, through ignorance, were being slaughtered. They then began the process of establishing breeding traits. To accomplish this, owners were asked to list the characteristics unique to the Bashkir Curly Horse. When compiled these brought out several interesting features of the breed.

Find more about the Curly Horse conformation here: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/more-about-curlies/4556589948

 

ABCR FOUNDATION HORSES

On this picture, you can see ABCR SWEETIE D, a Buckskin mare. She had 5 ABC registered offspring. Enjoy!

Monday, November 10, 2014