Curly Horse FAQs

WHERE ARE CURLY HORSES FOUND NOW?

Curly Horses were originally found in Western North America. From there they have spread to the Eastern side of the continent, to Europe, and to Australia. There are less than 4,000 registered Curly Horses living!

WHAT DOES THE ASTERISK MEAN IN FRONT OF A CURLY'S NAME?
Curly Horses come in many coat types, just as human's hair varies, so does a Curly's. Some Curly Horses are even born without any apparent curl to their coats, and these we call Smooth-Coated Curlies. When you see an asterisk in front of the Curly's name it means that they have curls in their coat.

WHAT DO CURLIES DO?
Curly Horses can do anything at all! Curlies are known for being versatile, hardy, gentle horses. They are actively used in most of the standard disciplines for other horses such as: competitive and classical dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing, and combined driving. There have been Curly Horses used also in the western disciplines of barrels, reining, gymkhana, and Western pleasure. You will find them being used as trail and pack horses. They compete in endurance and competitive trail. Many are used as 4H & Pony Club mounts or therapeutic horses and are wonderful with these children due to their usually gentle nature.
CURLIES CAN DO IT ALL!

WHAT ABOUT THE CURLY HORSE AND CEREBELLAR ABIOTROPHY (CA)?
Deriving from the Arabian Horse, Cerebellar Abiotrophy is a recessive disease that affects the coordination controlling area of the brain. Latest studies found that it can be passed on to other breeds that carry Arabian breeding influence. Carriers of the CA gene seem to be healthy and show no clinical symptoms.
Owners of Curly Horses can test their horses for CA before breeding at UC Davis - click here. Use your current account or create one and order the CA Test for your horse. Further information about CA and the Curly Breed can be found in this article: The Horse. Learn more about Cerebellar Abiotrophy here. ABCR will have a close look into the matter and discuss this with members, geneticists and other experts to obtain thorough information in order to derive a reasonable and adequate policy on this serious matter. Please read this announcement.

WHY SHOULD I REGISTER MY CURLY HORSE AT ABCR?
Register your Curly Horse at ABCR include the following advantages:

  • Identification of your Curly Horse by DNA and description/pictures documented in the ABCR database and in the pedigree certificate you receive
  • Recording of your Curly Horse’s bloodlines, approved by DNA in the Full and Blood Percentage Book which is important for breeder’s programs
  • By making the data of your horse available to the large database driven collection of registered Curly Horses (containing more than 5,600 entries of Curly Horses worldwide) you support further research on the unique traits of the Curly Horse.
    • HOW DO I REGISTER HORSES AT ABCR?
      Here is a step by step description of how to register horses at ABCR:

      • Pay the registration, best by using our Shop items: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/abcr-shop/4556739651/Registration. You can pay using paypal, check or your credit card.
      • Fill in a Pre-Registration application: http://www.abcregistry.org/#/forms/4560672165. In order to do this, download the Pre-Registration Application as pdf file OR fill in the Application ONLINE.
      • Wait a little. The ABCR Registrar will send you the UCDavis DNA Registration kit by eMail

        • (registrar@abcregistry.org).
          • Pull (DO NOT CUT) 20-30 tail or mane hairs by wrapping hairs around forefinger. For foals, use tail hairs only. The Root Bulbs are needed!
          • Tape the hairs in the form as described there.
          • Fold the form as described there
          • Put the form with the hair preferably into a cushioned envelope.
          • IMPORTANT: From outside the US, you need to deliver an Import Permit that comes with the eMail.

            •   - Print Import Permit and Statement of Health letter.
                - Read each of the 3 statements on the “Statement of Health” letter.
                - If all 3 statements are true, please print your name, telephone number, sign and date
                the letter. If any one of these statements are not true the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
                cannot accept the samples.
                - Fold the Import Permit and Statement of Health letter and place them in an envelope.
                - Write the words “IMPORT PERMIT” on the outside of the envelope.
                - Tape the envelope to the outside of your cushioned envelope with the words “IMPORT
                PERMIT” facing out.
              • Once the sample has been verified by UCDavis, the Registrar will issue the pedigree certificate and send it to you together with the DNA results.