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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, December 21, 2014

QUESTION: HOW CAN I TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CURLY HORSE AND A HORSE WITH THE CUSHING SYNDROM?

Cushing’s Disease in horses typically develops as the horse enters its senior years. Equine Cushing’s disease is a result of a number of h...ormone related problems that derive from changes in the brain.

Unlike the Curly Horse, Horses with Cushing Syndrom have a hard time shedding their coats in spring. Excessive thirst and urination, increased appetite with no weight gain, loss of muscle over the top line as well as chronic laminitis are symptoms for Cushings, too.

Another difference is that the 'curls' of a horse with the Cushing Syndrom are seen only in body hair, it's ear hairs, fetlocks, mane, and tail are straight.

The curly coat of a Curly Horse is NO SIGN for a disease at all, but a wanted characteristic of the Curly Horse breed! On the pictures here, we are definitely looking at Curly Horses. Their curls in ears, mane, fetlocks and tail do not shed in spring, but are also visible in summertime!


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