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The curly horse history - part 3

Well, this isn't about history, so I should use another category, but then again, I would end up with a lot of categories, all with just 2 or 3 posts.

This is, what I can tell about the curly horse :-)

The curly horse, as the name is telling you, has curled fur.
Many of them only in the winter time, only the tail and the mane are curled and they have this curled hair in their ears all year long.
For me it's like you see a huge living teddy bear ;-)
They are hypoallergenic, that means, people who are suffering from an allergy have the possibility to be around them.
Some still can have an allergic reaction, but not as strong as to "usual" horses.
Sadly, there is a huge BUT!
Once a nice young lady was here to visit and be around my horses, to find out, if there will be an allergic reaction or not.
We couldn't understand, why she reacted so much, that she had to leave the farm. It was so sad and bitter, cause I had the huge hope, that she will have the possibility, to be with the horses.
What no one of us knew back then, that a foal can cause an allergic reaction anyway.
I was told about it later, when it was too late :-(
And I had a foal on the meadow and the young lady loved to be around it.
If I had known, I would never had the young woman coming close to it!

So if you ever wanna look out for a curly horse, be aware, that a foal can cause a reaction!

The curly horse history - part 2

And again, what Mike Laughlin wrote about the curly horse.

Origins
You may ask yourself after reading this Damele/ Nevada Curly Horse history, “How did these horses get to Nevada in the beginning?” So far, to my knowledge, no one has proven where these Eureka County “Curlies” came from, but there are many theories concerning this issue, including:
The horses came across the Bering Straight before the last ice age;

Russian settlers brought Curly horses to America from Russia

An Irishman named Tom Dixon imported curly horses to the Eureka area. Dixon imported two pregnant Curly mares and a Curly stud from India and turned them loose with the mustangs in the 1880s.

The horses are native born mutations.

The horses are remnants of pre-Spanish horses.
There are still reports by the ranchers and Bureau of Land Management employees that Curly horses have been recently observed running with the mustangs in Eureka County, Nevada.
©Mike Laughlin

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