Bashkir Curly Horses – Also known as American Curly Horses or just “Curly Horses- are a breed of horse that originated in the Americas but may have its origins in the Spanish horses brought over by conquistadors in the 16th century. Some sources state that curly horses, as exceptionally rare even then, may have been gifted to leaders of the Aztec Empire and Incan Empire.
Curly horses come in every imaginable (and genetically possible) horse pattern, including Appaloosa, pinto, grulla, palomino, roan, and even the exceptionally rare chimera coloring.
This photo shows Bashkir Curly mare from the foundation Damele line with faint appaloosa markings on her curly hypoallergenic coat. She is painted and tacked up in Native American tack. This horse is used in demonstrations of the traditional riding styles of indigenous American Natives. Check out the gawker in the background! they can’t get over the curls on this eye-catching horse.
This “curly” is actually a “straight” coated Palomino curly horse. Notice his fur and mane are totally straight, but he carries the same hypoallergenic properties as regular “curly” curly horses.
This photo of a palomino Bashkir curly horse was taken the first weekend of February, 2006 at the Texas Curly/Open Show in Caldwell, Texas- where both curly horses and typical horses were gathered to compete in western, English, and games classes. This photo shows a palomino in western tack preparing to enter show ring.