Curlies are a rare breed with a unique history
The Curly Horse is known for its intelligence, easy going
temperament, high level of endurance and a willing spirit.
Curlies are known for their calm, intelligent and friendly
personality.Curlies are a people horse and love the attention. They
exhibit an easily trainable temperament. Curlies are also known for
having a tough constitution and great stamina. The curlies are
typically not flighty. They tend to do more reasoning than most breeds.
They are very reliable and have a great work ethic.
Curlies come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and all colors. The
winter curls on different horses can range from crushed velvet looking,
to marcel waves, to tight ringlets, to "french knot" type micro curls.
Manes and forelocks can be corkscrewed, ringleted, or dreadlocked.
Tails may have some wave or curl and some manes are split. The hair in
their ears are curly, the whiskers, eyelashes, and fetlocks are often
curly or wavy. These curls are considered a true specialty of the
breed, and most owners would never trim or clip them off.
In summer, Curlies typically shed out to a slick coat, sometimes still
appearing slightly wavy, but keep the curls inside their ears and on
their fetlocks. Some Curlies keep strongly curled hair all year round,
though not as thick or long, in the summer.
Curlies do not need to be pampered, but they do need good basic care.
Since they are a horse that developed in the wild, they tend to be easy
keepers, with tough hooves and hardy constitutions. They tend to be
winter hardy. This does not excuse lack of care, though. Good food in
the right amounts, adequate shelter, regular veterinary care, worming,
hoof trimming, dental care, etc., all should be provided just as they
would be for any other horse.
Curlies excel at all disciplines. They make an excellent companion and
will try their best with an exceptional work ethic.
Curly Horses Can Do It All.