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.
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.
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stallion is RAVEN’S STRYKA PENNYSTONE, ABC 3095.
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.
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
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!