Curlies are the most amazing horses I have ever come across. I have two, one that is a registered gelding and then I have a arab/curly mare. They are both amazing endurance horses with great hooves that don't need shoes and they have never gone lame. They weather bad weather really well and grow the ultimate coat for cold weather.Also, they come in all different shapes and sizes like you mentioned. They are the most amazing trail horses. My curly mare (I have had her for four years) she is the most amazing trail horse. They act alot like a Mustang, very aloof and knowing where everything is on the trail.
Some friends of ours have purchased two curlies since they couldnt be around any other horses since they are soooo allergic. They visited a curly farm and everything went great! Curlies have great personalities and are easy going but tough as nails. Plus, some are gaited with what is known as the Curly Shuffle. My mare has it, and it is really ground covering, smooooth and fast. Its too bad that some people think that their coats would be hard to take care of because they look "different". People should give them a chance! They are the ultimate breed that can do anything, anywhere, anytime. Look into them! You wont be dissapointed.
Shaneequah, 1998 gaited Bashkir CurlyxArab mare
Johnny Cash, 2001 Arab x pony gelding
Brighty, 2013 Standard Donkey jack