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post #1 of 5 Old 07-02-2012, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Bashkir Curly Horses

Hello! New member here. :)

I might be purchasing a Bashkir Curly horse.

Anyone mind telling me everything they know about the breed? Haha, I know that's a lot to ask, but I'm thirsty for knowledge!

I am looking at a very young filly, I was really wondering what age they mature at. I know this depends on what they are crossed with, which we believe is mainly sport horse. Vague, but that's the best we could get.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-03-2012, 12:42 AM
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They are hypoallergenic! Like poodles.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-03-2012, 11:48 PM
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I own two Curlies and they are definitely a breed I have grown to love. Within the breed the horses can vary greatly. Quoting from the ABCR website; "Due to the years of out crossing, Curly Horses will be seen with different conformation, size and weight. This influence will probably continue for the next five to ten generations of Curly-to-Curly breeding. "

You can find the [ABCR] breed standard here.

They are pretty much like any other horse, just add curls! Every Curly I've met also seemed to be more personable than most horses. While my Appaloosa gelding loves people and will whinny at you when he sees you, Tenakee, one of my Curly mares, will always come up and greet me even if I'm on the other side of the pasture. Considering she is pregnant it is quite the waddle for her but she is committed to saying hello.

Their grooming isn't too difficult in comparison to a regular horse. That curly coat will really hold in dust and dirt, though. But a bonus is when you have a curly coated horse you don't notice where the saddle has been as easy. (Compared to a normal horse where the coat would be all messed up.) One thing is mane upkeep is killer, but crucial, assuming you get a Curly with a lot of mane. Keeping them braided makes the curls more uniform and easier to handle. But some Curlies shed their manes and tails all together so upkeep depends on the horse.

They can be used for anything, I've seen barrel racers and dressage stars, they are a very versatile breed. But seeing as they have different influences from all different breeds some are more acclimated to certain disciplines. As for their 'hypoallergenic' qualities I'm unsure. They are not truly 'hypoallergenic', but simply don't get as much of a reaction out of people allergic to horses as a regular horse would. Their are also straight-haired Curlies, who are a contradiction, but are said to also posses that same allergy relief.

If you have any more specific questions feel free to ask and I will try to answer best I can. Otherwise I can spout off twelve pages worth of nonsense on how great Curlies are. ;3
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I have a Bashkir Curly x Arab, and she is as tough as they come. There is an amazing variety of body types within the breed, and sizes can range anywhere up from small horses to draft size nearly. They were praised by the Native Americans as sacred when they found them in the mustang herds; no one is truly sure on their exact origin. Their coats and manes/tails are very easy to upkeep, IMPO. My mare completely she's out her mane in the summer; and she has naturally thick dreads. Her forelock, however; does not shed and has stayed long and thick since we got her as a five year old (fourteen now) They are known to be easy keepers and can also be gaited (as in my mare's case)

Personally, I believe them to be late to mature. My made didn't come into her own until she was six or seven (not trained till she was five) She took to training amazingly but she was not suited for my then eleven year old sister.

They can be tricky horses to figure out. They seem to gravitate to one rider more often than not (found this out with my mare and also a curly gelding that I had) and can be almost mustang-like on the trail (spotting things way up ahead on the trail, always aware of their surroundings, ect) However, they make excellent family mounts and most have in-your-pocket personalities.

And lastly, some are hypoallergenic for people with allergies. Some curlies are born with a normal coat and can still be hypoallergenic. Good luck on your new horse! Post lots of pics :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-10-2012, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys!

I went to visit the curlies I was looking at, and I am for sure getting one. :)
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