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post #1 of 10 Old 05-22-2013, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me more about Curlies...

So I'm moving onto a property that is being rented out by a woman who shows and once bred Curly horses. Her stud's name is Copper Sun and she told me he was one of the few foundation Curly horses left. She also said he recently won a hall of fame award.

Since I'm sharing my life with 8 new Curly family members, I'd love to know more about the breed! So what can you tell me? Anyone heard of Copper Sun?

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-23-2013, 04:53 PM
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I used to know a lady who had several Curlies. Most seem to have nice temperaments. What little I know of them, is that most do not keep their curls all year. Mostly it shows up only when they have their winter coats.
Some are prone to shedding their manes and tails at different times of the year.
I think I remember that hers were mostly bay or chestnut.
Looking at a Curly in their summer coats, one would not immediately know they were a Curly, since they appear not to have a conformation that one would immediately be able to pick out as a certain 'breed'.
Whether or not they are truly 'hypoallergenic' is a questions. Like many dog breeds with curly coats and 'said' to be hypoallergenic, they are really not. It is because of the curls in their coats, that they don't constantly shed the dander, which is what humans are allergic to.
I do remember that there seem to be different types of Curlies, in different parts of the world. I doubt they all came from the same source.
Can't remember if some are gaited or what type of gaits they do, but I think I heard that some were.

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Curlies are wonderful, versatile horses that come in every size and color. I own three, and every Curly I have met has still had a friendly personality. My filly was born with an affinity to people, and I have not met a single one that naturally disliked people. Individuals do vary, like in any breed. They vary in coat types from straight to extreme. Extreme Curlies often do not have manes or tails, as they shed them, and with throw curls on 100% of their offspring as they are homozygous for curl. Some extremes do have manes and tails, but generally those in the south will shed them. They are said to be hypoallergenic, but same as with poodles, they are not truly. But they do offer relief to a lot of people who are deathly allergic to normal horses. Even straight-haired Curlies can offer relief do those who suffer from alergies and don't want the extra curl.

My Curlies are all around 15 hands and of much draftier build. They are dually trained to both ride and drive, and I have seen others succeed in many disciplines such as dressage, driving, and even cross country/jumping. With the out crossing, their is a Curly out there for just about anyone. They are very hardy over winter, and mine face Wisconsin winter in full force without bating an eye. My younger mare didn't have a very thick coat, but she had enough to stay plenty warm. They do not fair as well in warmer climates, but just like any horse, once they get used to it, it isn't as big of a deal. They are just better prepared for the cold.

Copper Sun is a really nice looking horse, I've heard of him before. One of few very nice, gaited Curlies out there. I'm not much into the gaited Curlies, but he certainly is a looker. And I remember reading about the twin Curlies they had there! It was such an amazing story.

If I wasn't so tired I'd probably give you five more paragraphs fawning over Curlies as I do hold them dearly to my heart. Magnificent horses, and certainly one of my favorite breeds. My mares are Tenakee, CMC Simitars Rose Red, and Takala Rose. The blanketed Curly stallion is MCH Buddy, and the other foal is his colt out of Tenakee, MVR Electric Blaze.
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I did get to meet one of the twins! I remember her saying he wouldn't get bigger because he was the smaller of the twins. I'll have to do some digging and find the story! I'm excited to learn more about the herd and spend time with them!

Copper is very, very thick! He is pastured separate from the herd as you drive in and I was very taken with how stout he is. He's now 25 years old and no longer open to breeding.

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There is a Curly web site with lots of information about Curlies. They are a unique breed & yes, some are gaited. Some mustangs have Curly features~I think Nevada ones. I had a Curly stallion a few years back-he did have a stubborn streak,but he sure was a strong, sound horse w/lots of bone.
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So I'm moving onto a property that is being rented out by a woman who shows and once bred Curly horses. Her stud's name is Copper Sun and she told me he was one of the few foundation Curly horses left. She also said he recently won a hall of fame award.

Since I'm sharing my life with 8 new Curly family members, I'd love to know more about the breed! So what can you tell me? Anyone heard of Copper Sun?
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You did not just post about 8 curlies and show us ZERO pictures!!!!

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Thank you, Texasgal, I was thinking the same thing.....lol!!
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Those aren't TA's pics of the 8 horses she is now sharing space with.... those are BitD's pics of her mare and baby and baby daddy ....
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I'M SO SORRY!! I have angered the forum godsssss.

I will DEFINITELY get some pics of the whole herd including the twin and Copper Sun. My QH's are going to look WEIRD next to those guys!! They are so cute and yet so stout and substantial.

My landlady actually does a bit of showing with these guys, mainly in dressage and trail, I believe. I'll be tagging along with my mare to some shows to give her some experience. =D

Oh! And you can look up the ranch at Curly Country Ranch to see some pictures of the beautiful Curly Country herd!
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