Hi Horse Pals ~
We are going to highlight the Bashkir Curly Horse based on a special request from Eloise. We hope you all enjoy learning about this breed! BASHKIR CURLY HORSE
Fact #1: The Bashkir, also known as the Curlies, carry a gene for a uniquely curly coat of hair. The unique gene can be expressed minimally where the horse has curly hair inside ears, at fetlocks and a kinky mane and tail or maximally where a horse has curls all over its body, an extremely dreadlocked mane, curly eyelashes and guard hairs.
Fact #2: Horses with curly coats are most certainly an ancient breed. They have been depicted in art and statues in early China as far back as 161 AD. It is a mystery how they came to the U.S. but there is evidence they have been in North America since the early 1800s.
Fact #3: The Bashkir has unusually tough black hoofs that are almost perfectly round in shape. Many Curlies with white legs will still have four black hoofs.
Fact #5: Though eye catching and unusual in , the show ring, Curlies have the movement, enduranace and heart to excel in competition. Several Curlies have made a name for themselves at upper levels of dressage and show jumping.
Fact #6: Couldn't resist this last one! Curlies are acclaimed to the only hypoallergenic horse breed so they are a great choice for the horse lover who is allergic to horses! Most people allergic to horses suffer no allergic reaction when near a Curly.
We hope you enjoyed learning about this beautiful breed. We sure did!! We love their curly hair! Let us know if there's another breed you'd like us to highlight. Also, if you've written any horse stories or poems you would like to share with our Horse Pals, make sure to send them in and we'll post them for you.
Your Horse Pals, Araya and Avery