Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet
Most people who are allergic to regular horses find relief with the hair of the curly horse.
Not really true. If you are speaking of supposed 'hypoallergenic' animals, it has been proven, there is no such thing. Some people are allergic to some dogs/cats/horses, and not others, regardless of breed or coat type. Humans are usually allergic to dander and/or saliva of animals and not hair. It could be, that being curly, these horses and some curly type dogs, don't shed dander as easily, since it might be caught in the hair.
'Hypoallergenic', is something often touted as a sales gimmick, for those who breed mixed breed dogs. Same as 'non-shedding'. Just another gimmick to make sales.
I am aware their is no such hypoallergenic animal, I have just heard from other people's experience that some people who are allergic to regular horses are less reactive to Curlies. I am big into dogs so I do understand the whole poodle dilema. I never really said that nobody would have any reaction, just in some cases people don't. Like you said, it might just be caught up in the hair; but they still do shed the dander.
EDIT: I know, it is a shame. That mare was gored by a bull and has a hernia, as well as founder. When we got Scarlet her feet were in pretty rough shape, but we got them fixed. (And she is on a regularly scheduled hoof trimming plan.) It sort of perplexes me why people will think that founder is something you cannot prevent. He used to grain all of those horses untill they foundered then learned not to. But when I got there he gave me tons of treats to give to her. I gave her two and gave the rest to my dog. She has lost weight since we've gotten her, and we are keeping her a lot healthier and working with her. I am thankful she didn't get realy nosy with the ammount of treats they fed her. A lot of people mean well, but that doesn't always happen in the form of direct action.