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The curly horse history - part 1

I found a text about curly horses, written by Mike Laughlin, the best, one ever could find.

I will copy some of what he has written about the curly horse.
You can find the whole text here: Mike Laughlin - The Curly Horse

John Damele and his two boys while riding, checking cattle saw horses with “curly hair” running with the mustang wild horse herds. The sight of horses with long curly hair was not easily forgotten. ...

In 1932 there was a devastating winter in the Three Bar Ranch country. Deep snow and bitter cold hung on for months. When spring came and the ranch horses were gathered from where they had “wintered out,” the only horses the Damele boys could find alive were the Curly horses. All of the non-Curly horses had perished in this hard winter. No one needed to tell the Dameles what they had witnessed. This was a real turning point in their thinking. True stockman that they were, they realized that if the “curlies” could be broken to ride and turned into cow horses, they certainly could be relied upon to stay alive when other horses perished in the harsh winters of Central Nevada. ...

The winter of 1951 and 1952 was another brutal, cold winter with deep snow. When spring came, once again, the only horses left alive were the Curlies. The Dameles decided to start breeding Curly horses in earnest that spring. Before that, Curlies had just been around in the horse herd. They caught their first Curly horse stud out of a herd of mustangs, named him Copper D, and broke to him ride as a two-year old.
©Mike Laughlin

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