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post #1 of 9 Old 02-06-2016, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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I am very allergic to horses so I got a Bashkir Curly because they are hypoallergenic. I live in Southern California so it gets really hot, I want to shave him but not sure what kind of clippers to buy! I want to get a pair that won't destroy my wallet and also won't break after the first use. Any brands that fit the description?
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-13-2016, 07:01 PM
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Horses aren't hypoallergenic. I'm glad yours is working for you so far.

Does he need to be clipped? Is he sweating? I doubt he needs it, that hair will help protect him too. You can buy a decent pair for around 100. Look at the major brands. I have a pair of $50 dollar ones designed for light work that have held up through several body clips and pretty heavy work for several years with the same blades. Got new blades recently but the clippers are still going strong. The expensive pairs are mostly designed for heavy use, body clipping a whole barn. I'd look at the $100 dollar ones. Make sure they are designed for body clipping and from a good brand.
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its not so much that they are hypo as it has to do with their coat. horses with curly coats have different proteins structures in the skin that causes the hair to curl. its that minute difference that causes people who are allergic to normal horse hair and dander to not be allergic to curlies. kinda fascinating really XD!
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I knew it was something about curlies that make them good for allergies, I have heard that people don't have the same kind of allergic reactions from the horses as other breeds, it won't help if your allergic to hay or dust or 50 other things in a barn..LOL
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I am a disabled adult female rider. When my mom takes me to my therapeutic horse riding lessons at Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship in Chatsworth, CA, she gets really sick. I love riding horses. Would a Curly Horse help?
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-20-2017, 10:03 PM
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"Curlies are claimed to be the only hypoallergenic horse breed; most people allergic to horses can handle Curly Horses without suffering any allergic reaction. Research indicates a protein is missing from the hair of Curlies which may be what causes allergic reactions to horses in allergy suffers, but the study was never officially published. Members of the Curly community are working towards funding more research on the topic.[6]
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[QUOTE=Yogiwick;8661554]Horses aren't hypoallergenic. I'm glad yours is working for you so far.

Sure they are, the only breed touted to being hypoallergenic


Definition:

Hypoallergenic, meaning "below normal" or "slightly" allergenic, was a term first used in a cosmetics campaign in 1953.[1] It is used to describe items (especially cosmetics and textiles) that cause or are claimed to cause fewer allergic reactions. Hypoallergenic pets still produce allergens, but because of their coat type, absence of fur, or absence of a gene that produces a certain protein, they typically produce fewer allergens than others of the same species. People with severe allergies and asthma may still be affected by a hypoallergenic pet.
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I've only ever met one curly horse but I think the most interesting thing about his coat is that when he sweats, he smells different than other horses. I think he smells like a wet dog.

I don't know if all curlies smell that way, because I've only ever been around the one, but this guy doesn't smell like a regular horse when he's sweaty. So I don't know if that has anything to do with their alleged hypo-allergenic coat or not. But their body chemistry does seem to be different if their smell is any indication.

Has anyone else noticed them smelling different than other horses when they sweat?
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I am very allergic to horses so I got a Bashkir Curly because they are hypoallergenic. I live in Southern California so it gets really hot, I want to shave him but not sure what kind of clippers to buy! I want to get a pair that won't destroy my wallet and also won't break after the first use. Any brands that fit the description?
If he's anything like the curly I know you will want body clippers. Because his winter coat is very thick and textured. Almost like a sheep. You might be able to find a used set of body clippers. I think mine are Oyster or Sunbeam and I got them at a yard sale years ago and they are still going strong. Noisy. But durable clippers. I think new they are over $200. But I think they can be found used fairly frequently. Maybe even on eBay.
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