Curlies were crossbred with gaited horses to get an amazing trail horse. The hair must come from the Fox Trotter that he's got in his blood. It's not a seperate mutation, they were just crossbred to suit people's needs...I'm sure all Curlies go back to one specific horse, (like HYPP with Impressive) but, no one knows. Remember, there was once less then 400 Curlies alive. Now there are over 4000, probably higher because I know my Curly isn't registered. There's Warmblood Curlies, Pony Curlies, Stock bred Curlies, Arab-type Curlies, Drafts, Gaited...Those 400 made it to 4000. There was alot of crossbreeding. But if your looking for the old type curly, the Damele line, and Hammerick line is where to look.
The history of the Curly is blank. There's nothing there, but Curlies have been recorded in North America since the early 1800's...Where'd they come from? Good question...
And YES! My Curly smells different. I often get that when people meet him. He smells, like bacon. Seriously. I'm not joking in the least tiny way. He's got a strong, distinct odor to him. I'm very glad you brought that up. And it's especially noticeable when he sweats.
"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with
him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."
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