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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.

Friday, January 30, 2015

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 coa...ts 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 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!
 
 

HAPPY SATURDAY ...

... with your Curly Horse!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ABCR FOUNDATION HORSES


On this Picture, you can see ABCR 375 COLONEL'S DENVER GOLD with a bunch of other Curlies. Enjoy!

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!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

REGISTER YOUR CURLY HORSE WITH US TODAY!

Registering your Curly Horse at ABCR includes the following advantages:

- Identification of your Curly Horse by DNA and description/pictures documented in the ABCR database and in the pedigree cer...tificate 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.

Learn more about the Registration Process here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-bashkir-curly-registry/how-do-i-register-curly-horses-at-abcr/297104353780079
 
 

CURLY HORSE FIGURINE

There is another Curly Horse Figurine on the market by Schleich ...just saying ... :)
 


 

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!
 
 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

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 also 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.

Thanks Gabi for sharing this gorgeous picture of your daughter and your Curly Horse!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

TEST 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.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.

CURLY FOUNDATION HORSES

Many many of today's Curly Horses have ancestors that go back to the Damele family in Nevada. Here you see ABCR 60 LITTLE CURL as foal and his grey dam in 1976 at the Damele Ranch.

Friday, January 16, 2015

HAPPY SATURDAY ...

... with your Curly Horse!

QUESTION: WHERE DID CURLY HORSES ORIGINATE?

There have been many theories on this, some believing that the "curly" part of the horse came from the Bashkir region of Russia, some feeling perhaps from the Lokai horses of Tajikistan. As a matter of fact, a Curly Breed called TRANSBAIKAL or ZABAIKAL HORSES does exist in Russia.

  To this date nothing has been accurately proven. What is known is that the earliest documented Curly Horses in North America were with Native Americans in the Winter Count of 1801-2. At this time it was said that the Sioux had stolen Curly horses from the Crow. From then to now, several ranchers/breeders have been responsible for maintaining Curly Horse breeding. Some of the names you will hear are: Damele, Eli Bad Warrior, Berndt, Neidhard, Skjonsberg, and Fredell. There are also Missouri Foxtrotters who, for an unknown reason, carry a dominant Curly gene. The founding sire of that line is *Curly Jim". Additionally, some curly horses carry a recessive gene for curly coats, two of which are Missouri Foxtrotters and Percherons.


+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

Today we would like to draw your attention to the HARDSCRABBLE FARMS of Tom & Brenda McNally in Minerva, NY. Stallions are THUNDER ROAD, ABC 2800 and WW QUARTER MOON, ABC 2454. You can contact them by phone 518-251-3424 or by eMail
curlynut@frontiernet.net.

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

QUESTION: WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE CURLY HORSE DISPOSITION?

ANSWER: 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.
 
 

"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)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

THE ABCR ONLINE PEDIGREE DATABASE IS UP AND RUNNING!

 
ABCR provides a fully linked ABCR Curly Horse Studbook ONLINE with more than 7,300 entries and currently 2,300 pictures including all ABCR horses. These are the features of this database:

1) Fully linked PEDIGREES WITH PICTURES...

2) SIBLINGS VIEW: Find full and half siblings of a given ABCR animal at-a-glance.

3) OFFSPRING VIEW

4) VERTICAL PEDIGREES: Vertical pedigrees list full siblings of each horse in the pedigree at-a glance, which as a group represent various combinations of their parents’ genes, and are good indicators of the range of possibilities that are likely to be passed on. Using vertical pedigree analysis gives breeders interesting insights e.g. about confirmation or the extreme characteristic that cannot be tracked in a direct manner.

5) REVERSE PEDIGREES: Reverse pedigrees show offspring of the offspring of a given animal.

6) TRIAL MATINGS: Try out matings between ABCR horses and look how the confirmation or other characteristics would match.

7) Additional breeding information such as COEFFICIENT OF INBREEDING (COI) and PEDIGREE QUALITY

8) Indication of DNA AVAILABILITY and EXTREME CHARACTERISTIC

9) NAME GENERATOR: Generator for horse names based on more than 40 years of ABCR Curly Horse names - always new and fancy combinations, fun guaranteed!

10) ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
- advanced search
- fully scaleable between 3 and 8 Generations
- same ancestors are highlighted in multiple colors
- enlargable pictures

This service is FREE to members. Ask your officer for details.

Non-Members can buy a 24-hours subscription here:

http://www.abcregistry.org/#/shop/4556739652/subscription-to-abcr-horse-database/8371409

DID YOU KNOW?

You find a lot of ABCR Information about the Curly Breed, Registration, Transfers, Membership, and many more in our Notes here:
https://www.facebook.com/abcregistry?sk=notes

Saturday, January 10, 2015

QUESTION: I AM A BEGINNER WITH HORSES, AND I HAVE HEARD THAT CURLY HORSES ARE A GOOD CHOICE FOR ME. IS THIS TRUE?

First of all, Curly Horses are horses and act like other horses do. So if you are not very familiar with horses, it is a good idea to have a skilled friend or trainer around to help you. As a beginner, you might want to look for an older, experienced and trained Curly Companion instead of a foal or youngster.

However, it is true that Curlies often have a calm temperament and a gentle disposition. Usually they are very curious, people-oriented and often comparably easy to handle, which can make them a real good choice for beginners for sure!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CURLY HORSE NAMES

Need some Inspiration for a traditional ABCR Curly Horse Name?
What about Silver Snow White, Wyoming Dun or Curled Stardust? We composed an ABCR Curly Horse Name Generator out of more than 40 years that creative ABCR members named their Curly Horses!

Check it out and have fun!
https://sites.google.com/site/abcrnamecreator/

Monday, January 5, 2015

+ + + FEATURED ABCR BREEDERS + + +

Looking for a Curly Horse in Texas? Have a look at ABCR breeder GOLDEN GAITS RANCH, operated by Angie Gains. Stallions is RENEGAIT CHESTERFIELD, ABC 3665. You can visit the webpage here: http://www.goldencurlsranch.com/
 
 

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!

 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

THESE CURLY EYES ...

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




HORSE HEALTH

What to consider to create the right Equine Diet for your (Curly) Horse? We found this interesting article for you: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/35113/creating-an-equine-diet-what-to-remember

OUR PASSWORDS HAVE CHANGED!

There are new passwords in place both for the ABCR Membership page and the ABCR Pedigree Database. If you have not already been contacted by your District Rep, please ask her, the Office or the Secretary for details:
District Reps/Secretary: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/board-members/4553897714
Office: abcregistry@aol.com

Saturday, January 3, 2015

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!





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

 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

+ + + 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/