Bashkir Curly loosing his curls.
I am new to this curly horse world, so I want to know if what my curly is doing in normal. My guy is a 7 year old back and white curly gelding. I got him about a year ago and his curls in both his coat and mane aren't super curly and have always been a little borderline straight-haired, but this summer I can barely tell he is a curly.
This is him(covered in mud) in August last year. See he is super curly, but after winter he has just been loosing his curls.
This is him this morning. Smooth as a baby's butt. You can still see the wave in his coat and his mane still has the scraggly look.
I don't know if this is just a summer thing or if he will stay more smooth from now on. His mane and tail haven't fallen out or anything so I am lucky there, but I wanted to know if this was just me.
Lol. This is completely normal.
In the fall/winter, they will grow their curls. That their winter coat.
In the spring and summer, they shed out and look like a normal horse.
My curly still has a curly mane, fetlocks and you can see a wave to his coat but no actual curls.
Come late fall hell grow his curls, and by mid winter hell be right back to curly again.
Curlies usually adjust to the weather, but sometimes it will take a few years before they fully began shedding into a near straight-coated curl. One of my Curly mares, Tenakee, had very thick curly hair when we got her, (four months ago when it was colder.) Now she is fairly smooth and only has little waves here and there. I live in Wisconsin, so mine haven't shed their tails or manes but down in Texas I've seen some who do. I met a breeder down in Texas and we got to see some of her Curlies. She told us that the horses she has gotten from Canada and Minnesota have had long hair and were very Curly when they arrived; but once they adjusted to the climate they shed their manes and tails and lost some of their curl.
For comparison here are some pictures of my mare Tenakee; first is the day we got her, second was a few days ago. Her mane and tail haven't really changed much but you can see the difference between summer/winter. I have another Curly mare who stays curly all year round and doesn't change as drastically as Tenakee. Third picture is Scarlet in November of last year, (2011.) Then the fourth is from a few days ago.
When you got him was he in a state further north? That could explain him being curlier. But really it is nothing to worry about and is completely normal. Them Curlies will always keep you on your toes. :lol: Handsome guy you've got there; I think it is a breed trait to root around in the mud. I have three other horses and none ever manage to get as dirty as the Curlies.
Thanks everyone! I wasn't toooo worried about it, but wanted to know if it was normal lol. Glad to meet more people with curlies! I absolutely love my little man and starting to fall in love with the breed <3 I live in Texas and I got him from a trainer a town over from where I live. Buddy is Texas born and raised. His nickname is Muddy Buddy due to his love of mud.
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