The winter coat of the Curly horse has curls which varies in form from
tight ringlets to a marcel type wave. The hair is soft and is hypoallergenic.
Most people allergic to horses are not allergic to the Curly.
The curly hair has been tested and has been found to resemble mohair.
The hair can be spun into yarn.
The mane & tail of the Curly is also curly, wavy or in dreadlocks.
In the summer the curly coat sheds out to a smoother or slightly wavy hair
coat. Some Curlies also shed their mane and tail hair, while others shed
a partial amount and some retain the mane & tail.
The Curly horse is quiet hardy and has the ability to withstand colder
temperatures than many other breeds. They posses strong round hooves. The
Curly has substantial bone when compared other breeds of horses. Their
cannon bone is round rather than flat. They do not seem to be plagued by
diseases that affect other equine breeds.
The eyes of the Curly are spaced wide apart so they have good rear
vision. The eyes have a sleepy look to them and are hooded. The nostrils
are crescent shaped, not flaring. They have a small teacup mouth.
The Curly horses come in all sizes, from miniature to draft.
The horse should be somewhat rectangular and well proportioned. The head
must be clean
cut and expressive, the neck supple and well set, so that the horse carries
well balanced when ridden.
The shoulder should be comparatively long and well angled, the back flexible,
and the croup
sloping, wide and well muscled.
All colors and markings are found, some of which include chestnut, bay,
buckskin, gray, Appaloosa patterns and pinto.
One of the best traits of the Curly is their personality. They are renowned
for their wonderful dispositions. Almost without fail, the horses are incredibly
easy to handle. It is almost unknown for a Curly to bite or kick people
They love people. They are intelligent, quick to learn, willing partners.
They have a quiet temperament and do not spook & run, but rather face
their fear to get a good look at it. They are curious little clowns at
They can be used successfully in almost any equine discipline .The athletic
ability of the Curly has taken him to the dressage ring, endurance trails,
team penning, long distance driving, hacking, riding club events,
gymkhana, western riding and showing. Curlies excel at many tasks.
They have great movement, endurance & style.
Most Curlies seem to have a floating walk and trot which make them smooth
to ride. However, a minority (10-15%) of all Curlies have an extra gait
in addition to walk, trot and gallop. These gaited Curlies
can roughly be separated into three groups.
The first group is the foxtrotting Curly which is the most common of
gaited Curlies. They result from crossing Curly horses with Missouri Foxtrotters.
Almost all foxtrotting Curlies descend from the stallion
Walker's Prince T.
The second smaller group is Curlies performing a four beat lateral gait,
usually a running walk or stepping pace. The gait has probably come from
the spanish horse influence or in some cases crossing with Tennessee
Walkers or other gaited breeds.
The third group is recessive Curlies cropping up in gaited breeds. A
recessive Curly is a curly horse which has two straight haired parents.
The recessive curly gene is probably not related to the more common
dominant curly gene. Recessive Curlies crops up most frequently among
Missouri Foxtrotters, but has also happened among Tennessee Walkers and
Paso Fino to name a few of the "other breeds."