Genetic Testing of American Breeds of Horses. The Curly Horse is widely variant in its genetics, having had most all other American breeds blended into it at some time or other throughout history. This report takes a look at all the simple genetic testable disorders that exist in all American horse breeds. These are the disorders that can easily be identified by sending in a hair (or whole blood) sample to one of several labs for a nominal cost. Most of these testable disorders are recessive, that is, the horse is a carrier and has no physical effects or symptoms of the disease. Carriers need to be identified: Not to remove them from the breeding pool, but to ensure they are always bred to tested clear mates and never produce a diseased foal. Compiled & reported by Donna Grace Vickery.

article: Discover the American Curly Horse, equine of your dreams! Discover the American Curly Horse, Equine of Your Dreams... published in the Summer 2012 issue of American Livestock Magazine, pgs 47-50; article by Janice Voss-Crosby (coordinator, Curly Horse Marketing Co-op)

The Dameles: Great Basin Curly Horse Buckaroos, article by Mike Laughlin. Eureka, Nevada, first settled in 1864, is located in the heart of wild horse country in central Nevada. This town is considered by some as the home of the American Curly Horse. This webpage also has a link for purchasing the book, The Dameles and the American curly horse, by Dale Woolsey. (There have been questions about accuracy of accounts within this book.)

Curly Horse History and Info, article put together by the Diamond Willow Ministry on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation near Fort Thompson South Dakota. Including a lot of colorful anecdotes on possible Curly Horse history among the northern Native American nations. We do know that generations of Curly Horses were owned and bred by Native Americans before white men in North America.

The Curly Horse Blog
Barbara Wheeler and her hubby Marty are professional photographers, who have been spending a lot of time the last few years out photographing horses in the wild. Naturally they eventually recognized that there were some weird curly coated specimens out there, and they began their quest for more information on these unusual wild horses. They became more and more fond of these horses, and through that quest, have become friends with a number of Curly Horse owners and breeders. Recently, Barbara created a blog containing video, photos and their experiences with Curly Horses in the wild... In fact, the background of this section is a photo generously permitted for use by Barbara. Enjoy!

The Curly Horse. A general introductory article about the Curly Horse published by Be aware their information is from Wikipedia, which is nothing more than individual posts with citations, subject to as much interpretation & bias as there are contributors - (this article incorrectly uses terms like purebred/crossbred etc., also it is not missing a protein in the skin, but has a different protein makeup from other straight haired horse breeds).

Principles of Curly Horses Genetics. While there is a lot we don't know, many of the basics we do know. If you understand simple Mendelian genetic principles, this will be easy to understand.

The Dominant Curly Gene in Horses, Dr Phil Sponenberg, research paper, 1990. Some old original notes and research, referred to in Myth & Mystery book.
Note from Dr. Karen Zierler ( Note that the article was submitted in 1989, the same year M&M was being written, but was not published in the scientific journal until 1990. Which is why M&M does not mention a direct journal reference, because the data was so new it was not yet published. This, however, verifies the statements made in M&M and can be used to look at Sponenberg's conclusions and the analysis and experiments used to get to those conclusions. It is important, because without this publication, it would look as if conclusions were made in M&M that could not be verified or analysed.

The Aboriginal North American Horse. Statement of Claire Henderson, History Department, Laval University Quebec City, Quebec Canada. (February 1, 1991) "...anthropologists assume that Plains Indians only acquired horses after Spaniards accidentally lost some horses in Mexico, in the beginning of the XVIth (16th) century, that these few head multiplied and eventually reached the prairies. Dakota/Lakota Elders as well as many other Indian nations contest this theory... according to their oral history, the North American horse survived the Ice Age, and that they had developed a horse culture long before the arrival of Europeans, According to Elders, the aboriginal pony had the following characteristics: It was small, about 13 hands, it had a "strait" back necessitating a different saddle from that used on European horses, wider nostrils, larger lungs so that its endurance was proverbial. One breed had a long mane, and shaggy (curly) hair, while another had a "singed mane." This writer contacted a specialist in mammals and was told the Elders were describing the Tarpan and the Polish Przewalski horses, and that early, independent eyewitness accounts ought to be investigated to confirm the Dakota statements. This led to further research for creditable European reports.

Alleergie to the Horse Hair, The Doctore Opinion ... posted by France Curly on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Allergies to the Horse, The Veterinarian's Opinion ... posted by France Curly on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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background photo by Barbara Wheeler Photography, this mare is an extreme (homozygous) curly horse, rarely seen in the wild.


Summer 2012 issue of American Livestock Magazine
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Article, pgs 47-50: Discover the American Curly Horse... Equine of Your Dreams by Janice Voss-Crosby



GENERAL HORSE TOPICS of interest to Curly Horse Owners

The Emotional Health Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. What is it about a horse that helps people heal from various mental and emotional health problems? "This article is not about Curlies, but since Curlies are among the most naturally successful breeds used in equine therapy, I thought this article would be a good one to include here. Curlies can, and do well in therapy with their calm, easy-going natures. Of course the benefit with a Curly is that they are also hypoallergenic for most people, which is a bonus for all, the handlers, the patients and anyone else in contact with the horse. This is an awesome short article that requires one to read it, not browse, KWIM? Horses are amazing on so many levels." ~ Shelly White (Standard Curly Place, Canada)

Maximize Movement For In-hand Success - That characteristic athletic long movement, whether smooth & fluid, or sporty & scopey is highly coveted in our using Curlies. Showing your Curly Horse in-hand, whether at an open horse show, or an ICAMS or CSI inspection, requires showing off its best movement. This article gives the handler some information how best to accomplish this with your horse.

Hosting a Horse Show on a Budget by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Gerrie Barnes - Tips and hints to help set a reasonable & reliable budget for any horse show or competition... The Curly Horse has few breed shows due to its scarcity and scattering around the world. Holding an Open Horse Show is another way to get those Curlies out in front of the public. Hosting a horse show can be alot of fun. A budget will help you to determine reasonable costs for the event. This in turn will help you choose your facility, judges, cattle supplier and to establish the participant fee.

Selecting a round-bale feeder for use during horse feeding K. Martinson, PhD; J. Wilson, DVM; K. Cleary; W. Lazarus, PhD; W. Thomas, PhD; and M. Hathaway, Phd; University of Minnesota; The use of a round bale feeder, regardless of design, is necessary to avoid the 57% mean hay waste, reduced hay intake, and horse weight loss observed when not utilizing a feeder.

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