Curly Horse characteristics
Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl
Other than the curly hair... What kinds of traits do they have?
They have strong, hard feet that rarely ever need shoes; they have survived winter storms where every other breed of horse died except for them(extremly tough! lol) Also, their curly coats mean that they are good for people with allergies aka hypoallergenic. Some kids in our old 4-H group were never alowed to have horses since their whole family was allergic to them but we told them about the curlies since we had only one at the time and they got a old mare that did really well for them. They have since gotten another one. They are homozygous most of the time for curl, and they come in all different shapes and sizes. My mare, since she is crossed with arab she has a finer head with more fluted ears and a more delicate body whilst my gelding has a heaver head and a thicker, burlier body(I think it is due to him having a Appy background, which is common for the old fashioned Curly Horses) Their coats can come in all different colors and feels. My mare has more of a velvety feel like crushed velvet while my gelding has straight hair in the summer and just gets extremly curly in the winter(as does my mare) They even get curly in their ears! It's quite comical actually. 10% of them are gaited with the "curly shuffle" which is derived from the Appy shuffle which is extremly ground covering and comfy to ride. They are the kinda horses that you cant go a direct route for training them. You have to think ahead of them because they are sooo smart. I think it might be some of their Mustang heritage, too coming out for that. lol
Shaneequah, 1998 gaited Bashkir CurlyxArab mare
Treyue, 1999 3-gaited Icelandic gelding
Loki, 2001-2015 Icelandic gelding