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The North American Curly Horse

-Buffalo Pony to Modern Working Horse

The question: where did the North American Curly Horse come from is still being debated today. In the early years, ranchers/newspaper columnists believed that it was a native breed to North America related to the Russian Bashkir. The first theory went that the Curly horse migrated over the Bering Straight, and in very few numbers lived remotely throughout  America. Then, when the Spanish and the settlers came, they released horses to run wild which then mixed with the native Curly population. And, thus, every once in awhile in the wild Mustang herds one could find a rare, curly coated horse. Or, so it was initially though. This theory has however been called into question.......

Curly Horse Types

Horses in general can be classified by type regardless of breeding, to the purpose for which they are best suited.

Curly Horse Classification: There are several distinct types of Curly Horses. Curly Horses also come in all sizes. And, there are a number of distinctly divergent bloodlines in the history of the breed. With all this variety, some Curly Horses are classified more by their bloodlines or heritage: that is, by their breeding. Some Curly Horses are classified more by their type and/or their size. Curly horses with shared bloodlines or history, may or may not share the same type.....

Spirit of a Rare Breed

A Samantha Steele Novel

As she lifted her coffee mug to her lips, Samantha Steele's hand unconsciously pushed back the long strand of blonde hair that feel from her knotted tie. She sipped the last of her second cup of coffee and placed the empty yellow mug on the kitchen counter. once more she walked to the kitchen window to see if anything had changed since she last looked out just a few minutes ago. Her insides felt jittery and she wasn't sure if it was from the anticipation of the new arrival or from the caffeine. Either way she was almost giddy with anticipation. Today she was taking a big step in her Curly horse breeding program. A yearling Curly colt was on its way to her farm from Virginia and he would be the foundation stallion for her breeding program. Just thinking about it ......

Mare Care:

Foaling & Early Socialization

The culmination of all your plans and dreams is about to make an appearance. After carefully choosing the right stallion to complement your mare to increase the probability of producing a foal that will grow into a productive member f the horse population, the arrival day is rapidly approaching. With that much care in the planning, it is important to make sure there is equal consideration to ensure safe delivery and proper foal handling...

Dream On Curls Riding Center

Those of us who own horses, of any breed, understand how therapeutic horses can be. We know how much they enrich our lives, providing comfort, confidence, and have a calming presence. For many, however, they do not understand nor do they get to experience the benefit of our equine friends. Therapeutic riding centers around the glove have been opening and sharing the wonderful benefits horses bring to our lives with those people whom it would benefit the most. Whether you suffer from PTSD, are at risk teen, substance abuse, have an illness, or a disability, horses can provide a kind of therapy that one cannot receive anywhere else....

RARE BREED SHOWCASE:

SITTING BULL'S LEGACY

Out west, here in American, there are a few obscure lines of horses with a remarkable history. These rare lines of horses trace back to Sitting Bull's horses. While some may know of one or two, most do not know about them all. One line is the North Dakota Badlands horse - which are semi-wild horses that live in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). Another line is the Nokota horse. The Nokota of today is what was taken from the TRNP park in earlier years, and is being preserved today in its more original, pure (Sitting Bull) lineage. The least known, is the Bad Warrior horse. The Bad Warrior horse was developed from a 4th line that has just died out in the past few years - the Berndt line - which like the Nokota, was another of the more pure lineage of horses that descended from Sitting Bull's horses......

Equine DNA Testing Basic Primer

Since the Equine genome was mapped, DNA testing has advanced at a rapid rate. DNA is an acronym that stands for Deoxyribo-Nucleic-Acid. "It is a long, complex molecule carrying information in the form of a chemical code and dictates how the body and cells should form."  There is no test currently available to determine a horse's breed. Curly Horse owners have such a unique mixed breed heritage, that, according to its individual pedigree.....

Equine Genetic Disease & Testing

It is important to note this report is compiled from many sources, amidst the quickly developing field of equine genetics. By the time this report reaches print, there may be more current information available. CHJ will keep you posted of recent developments by keeping this report updated online. The printed version here is to show you what to look for, and how to breed your horse with minimal risk - based on genetics and what breed it is.....

Equine Color Genetics

Understanding the Basics

Equine Color Genetics can be very confusing when a person first delves into it. If you join a forum, or facebook group, it is easy to be confused and overwhelmed by the abundance of information and terminology. This series of articles is designed to allow a person to study one section of equine color genetics at a time, in order to absorb and understand it, before moving forward....