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!
 
 

TRANSFER AN ABCR HORSE

Bought an ABCR Curly Horse and want to transfer it to your name? See how it is done here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-bashkir-curly-registry/how-do-i-transfer-an-abcr-horse/321872837969897

Monday, April 20, 2015

CURLY CUES IS BACK!

A new format, presidents message, News, FAQs, historical Information and pictures, breeders and Curly horse ads and many more ... We felt that we had quite some issues with EJ reaching each member, had only a limited format at EJ and the personal touch was missing, too!
 
So starting from June 2015, CC will be back with Curly Cues issue 105! It will be supplied by eMail and on the web. If you want it by snail mail, it will cost a little add-on.

Let the Curly World know your news! For the first issue, every ad will be for free for ABCR members.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

UPDATE ON THE ABCR CURLY HORSE STUDY

The master thesis has started! In a co-operation with the Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria, ABCR wants to find out more about the Curly Horse and its genetics. 

This is the first time such a large sample of more than 2,700 DNA samples of Curly Horses will be used for a study. We are doing that in co-operation with the Texas A&M University and t...he All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Horse Breeding (VNIIK). Planned reference groups for result evaluation are among others Quarter Horses, Arabians, Lipizzans, Russian local horse breeds like Transbaikals, Bashkirs, Akhal-Teke, and Tuvas, and Missoury Fox Trotters,

Aim is to investigate and discuss the population structure of the extant curly population referring to the genetic variation within the Curly Breed (do we find evidence for population substructure within the Curlys e.g. geographically, curly phenotype, mode of inheritance of the curly phenotype?) and the genetic differentiation of the Curly population from other breeds.

 

 

+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

Visit HIGH DESERT EQUINE CENTER of Joan Olson when you are in Nevada. Stallions are WW PETER LAKOTA ABC 3638, WARRIOR'S STARBERNDT ABC 3445 and MAXIMUM'S PRIDE ABC 3650. You can find more details here: https://www.facebook.com/HDEquine?fref=ts

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


 

JOIN OUR ANNUAL AWARDS!

This is your chance to participate in one of our ABCR Championchips! There is something for everyone: Youth rider, Performance Horse, Versatility Horse, Frequent Rider Program, Gymkhana/Speed Program and In Hand Program!

Rules can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-bashkir-curly-registry/national-awards/410226859134494

Applications can be found in our Forms section here: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/forms/4560672165
Questions? Contact Donna or Sue: secretary@abcregistry.org

 

HAPPY SATURDAY ...

... with your Curly Horse!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

NEW SERVICES

ABCR now offers DNA testing for genetic diseases at special rates. We already have 245 test results noted, please help us to get more knowledge about it by testing your Curly Horse or sharing your test results, especially if you want to breed!
All offered tests that CAN BE TAKEN FROM ALREADY EXISITING DNA SAMPLES provided for parentage verification.
...
- Equine Disease Panel (GBED, HERDA, HYPP, MH, LWO) - 85 $
- CA/LFS panel
- HERDA
- GBED
- CA
- LFS
- HYPP
You can buy the tests here: http://www.abcregistry.org/….
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.

 

+ NEWS FROM OUR FULL CURLY REGISTRY +

Welcome together with us our latest Full Curly Horse

4134 FLORALAKE AZURE

Congratulations to Canada!

 

HAPPY SATURDAY ...

... with your Curly Horse!

Friday, April 3, 2015

+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

Looking for a Curly Horse in Germany, NRW? Have a look at ABCR breeder CURLY HORSES GERMANY, operated by Daniela Söhnchen in Hückeswagen. Main stallions are FLORALAKE AISHIHIK'S ONYX ABC 3921 and CHG SPARTA GENTLEMAN ABC 3912. You can visit the Webpage here: http://www.curly-horses-germany.de/

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!
https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-bashkir-curly-registry/how-do-i-register-curly-horses-at-abcr/297104353780079

QUESTION: HOW DO I AVOID COMMON MISTAKES WHEN I BUY A (CURLY) HORSE?

We found this Top Ten Mistakes that even experienced horse buyers make for your consideration.

http://www.equinelegalsolutions.com/toptenhorsebuyingmistakes.html

Sunday, March 29, 2015

+ NEWS FROM OUR OUTCROSS REGISTRY +

Welcome together with us our latest Outcross Curly Horse
 
O11 BCF SPLASH DANCER!

Congratulations to Vermont!



 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

CURLY AND BUNNY WINTER COAT

In wintertime, the Curly Horses live up to their name and produce a woolly coat. Often they look like totally different horses in wintertime. The hair can actually be spun and woven into garments. The winter coat expresses itself in a variety of patterns commonly described as Marcel Wave, Crushed Velvet, Curl and Micro Curl. Around 25 % of the Curly Foals are straight haired, though the parents are curly coated. But even the straight Curly Horses change there coat and look like big teddy bears with a long extremely soft mohair coat.

ABCR 237 SPARTACUS

Did you ever wonder how ABCR 237 SPARTACUS looked WITH Tobiano Markings? Here we go, enjoy!


HAPPY SATURDAY

... with your Curly Horse!

Friday, March 20, 2015

HAPPY SATURDAY

... with your Curly Horse!

QUESTION: I HAVE HEARD ABOUT EXTREME CURLY HORSES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

The main characteristic of an Extreme Curly is little or no mane and tail hair especially in summer. They are often perceived as more woolly than “normal” Curly Horses in winter, with tight curls in the ears and eye lashed curved very much upwards all year long. Some Extreme Curlies shed parts of their body coat in summer, too. They are said to have an extra calm, sweet and willing disposition. The genet...ics responsible for this phenomenon have not been discovered yet. Sometimes it is claimed that Extreme Curly Horses are homozygous for curly offspring, i.e. they do not produce straight coated foals. This would be true if not straight offspring would be known from a Curly Horse with extreme characteristics. However, since there exists ABCR registered straight coated offspring from Curly Horses with extreme characteristics, this theory can’t be confirmed by the ABCR stud books.

On the picture, you can see ABC 891 BB Bright Knight, a Curly Horse with extreme characteristics.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

HAPPY SATURDAY ...

...with your Curly Horse!

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

+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

Are you up in Ontario, Canada, looking for a Curly Horse? Visit Kerri-Ann Peet-Harris on her RAVENSTONE Farm, Phone 905-659-2265
E-Mail: ravenstn@bserv.com. Stallion is RAVEN’S STRYKA PENNYSTONE, ABC 3095.

DID YOU KNOW?

Owner or lessee of the dam at the time of foaling is the legal owner of the foal and therefore is RESPONSIBLE FOR REGISTERING THE FOAL. A copy of the lease agreement must be sent to the ABC Registry, in order for the foal to be eligible for registration. In addition, if an individual is leasing a stallion, a copy of the lease agreement must be sent to the ABC Registry in order for the foal to be eligible for registration.

Monday, March 2, 2015

TESTING FOR GENETIC DISEASES

ABCR now offers DNA testing for genetic diseases at special rates. We already have 220 test results noted, please help us to get more knowledge about it by testing your Curly Horse or sharing your test results, especially if you want to breed!

All offered tests that CAN BE TAKEN FROM ALREADY EXISITING DNA SAMPLES provided for parentage verification.
- Equine Disease Panel (GBED, HERDA, HYPP, MH, LWO) - 85 $...
- CA/LFS panel
- HERDA
- GBED
- CA
- LFS
- HYPP


You can buy the tests here: http://www.animalgenetics.us/Equine/Equine_Test_Now.asp.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.

 

HELP US SOVLING THE RIDDLE!

We found this beautiful painting of a Curly Horse on the Internet ... but no hint where it comes from or who painted it ... do YOU know? Then let us know!

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

ANSWER: 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 hormone 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 ga...in, 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 picture here, we are definitely looking at a Curly Horse. Their curls in ears, mane, fetlocks and tail do not shed in spring, but are also visible in summertime!


 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

QUESTION: WHY SHOULD I REGISTER MY CURLY HORSE AT ABCR?

Register your Curly Horse at ABCR include the following advantages:
 
  •  Identification of your Curly Horse by DNA and description/pictures documented in the ABCR database and in the pedigree certificate you receive
  • Recording of your Curly Horse’s bloodlines, approved by DNA in the Full and Blood Percentage Book which is important for breeder’s programs
  • By making the data of your horse available to the large database driven collection of registered Curly Horses (containing more than 5,600 entries of Curly Horses worldwide) you support further research on the unique traits of the Curly Horse.
 
 

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!
 
 
 

NATIONAL AWARDS

Join our National Awards! You find more information about it here: http://abcregistry.blogspot.de/p/abc-breed-promotion-annual-award.html

Thursday, February 19, 2015

STAY WARM AND HEALTHY!

For all of our Curly friends out there in the deep snow, stay warm and read this interesting article!

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/35346/tips-for-healthful-horse-barns-during-winter

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THOSE CURLIES?

Have heard about the Curly Horse and wonder what they are all about? Here is a short description of what you can expect

"They Are Intelligent.”
Professional trainers like Anna Twinney who have worked with curly horses will testify to the...ir intelligence and ease in handling. Internationally known trainers have used them very successfully in public clinics. Curlies usually have a calm temperament.
They are often easy to handle making them a number one choice for beginners.

“They Are Low Maintenance.”
American Bashkir Curly horses are comparably easy keepers. They generally require little grain if kept on good pasture or hay. They also do very well living outdoors. They have hard feet that do not require shoes under normal circumstances.

“They Are Versatile.”
Curly horses are versatile horses and are ridden in English, Western and Endurance Classes. They perform in the dressage and jump arenas. Curlies drive and make excellent trail horses. Therapeutic riding programs search out the Curly Horse for their quiet demeanor. They are regular participants in the annual Pasadena Tournament
of Roses New Year’s Day Parade. There are curly horses who have been recognized by National and International Organizations for outstanding achievement in the equine world. A curly horse named “Q
Card” was inducted into the International Side Saddle Hall of Fame. “Spartnik”, another outstanding example of the Curly
Breed, was the United States Dressage Federation Horse of the Year in 1996.

Please have a closer look at our brochures in several languages, too!

http://www.abcregistry.org/#/brochures-publications/4553752679
 





 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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
 
 

ABCR FOUNDATION CURLY HORSES

Straight Curly Horse Lovers, here it is: ABCR S-1 STRIKE, out of RED HUSSY MQHA 8060-P, sired by CURLY Q, ridden by Deborah Mitchell. Enjoy!