Comments & Tips
I thought you might enjoy reading a few comments and tips the breeders, owners and trainers have made about the Curly Horses. The CCHA takes no responsibility for the following comments, they are simply the views of their authors.

Janet & I (Verlin Rau) started our association with Curly horses in 1991 with the purchase of * Sockeye#1169 and * Dove's Easter Bunny #1136. We initially became interested because of the allergies of our son, Jesse, but the history, temperament and confirmation of the Curlies we saw intrigued us. Our first two horses were so impressive that we bought another two who also impressed us because Jesse was not allergic to them, and because of their marvelous temperament. We now have more than a dozen full Curly horses, with five young, trained-for-riding broodmares.

We use our horses for our ranch, for pleasure rides and for camping and riding in the mountains. The children have priceless Curlies and we have no worries at all when they are being taken care of by their Curlies. We love using our horses outdoors and are not into showing at this time, but because Sockeye's offspring are so special, showing is inevitable, we suppose. Verlin & Janet Rau, Rosebud River Curlies
Curly Pride
In years past & present

My experience in handling curly horses has been a pleasure. Their intelligence and performance of this particular breed has always been let's say, "extra ordinary". Having broke and rode many horses, the Bashkir Curlys have proven to be gentle, easy to break and for the most part big-hearted. Sure, every horse has its own personality and wits, but through my handling of this fascinating breed, I have yet to come across one with big attitude problems.

For the most part any horse's handling is directed to it's owner, or the one handling the horse. To me horses and children are very similar. When a child is growing up their "behavior" is directed to what disciplinary actions have been reinforced. Children need discipline and respect pointed and their parents, same goes for a horse and its owner. There are times when they both push points of their known boundaries. Horses are not stupid either are children. If they can get away with something, they will keep on doing it. To let horses get away with things that are disliking to the master only leads to further anguish down the road.

Everyone has different methods in training. I have learned my training methods through the years from older folks and experimenting different methods of training on my own. My motto is that you can never know too much about horses(or anything for that matter), and you can never know too much to learn more.

In closing, in preference I enjoy training the Curly for their quick acceptance to rein and saddle. Also it seems that in the present day with people with foreboding sickness with allergies, the Curly represents itself as up and coming horse of the future. For wits, and pleasure is always something to be desired.

Sandy Johnston, Horse Trainer
My husband and daughter are highly allergic to horses- all except the Bashkir Curlies.
In our experience every person who is allergic to straight hair breeds has been able to tolerate the curly horse - even the so called straight hair Curlies. I would advise anyone to expose themselves before they buy, to be sure since allergies are so individual.
Bea Shortt, Rocky Mountain Bashkir Curly Ranch

Jeff and Marianne Smulders brought their three beautiful children out to visit us at Rosebud River Curlies. The Smulders are family friends from Calgary, and this was just a social visit, we thought. For a great part of the afternoon the parents led the horses around or supervised the riding of about five of the Curlies in our outdoor arena,. Later in the afternoon, I suggested that we four adults go out for a real ride along the creek and in the pasture where the cattle were. We has a great time, crossing the creek and climbing up and down the hills. Jeff and Marianne were obviously not accustomed to riding, but they were on the bombproof kid's Curlies, so all went very well. We were just about back home when we overheard Marianne ask Jeff if he had had any reaction. Jeff replied quite enthusiastically that he had not. Only then did we ask Jeff was allergic to horses. "Yes" was the reply, "He's severely allergic to horses". We were all amazed and delighted, especially Janet and I, because we hadn't known it was a test.

Verlin Rau, Rosebud River Curlies
Curlies can be fed on a program that uses little or no hay if the owner is allergic to hay and grasses (as our family members are). Solutions: WET the hay thoroughly before feeding to reduce the air born particulate. Feed a "complete feed", usually a pelleted form of hay which is really low in dust - humidify the room where it is kept and you will have less dust. Use a mixture of beet pulp (high fiber) which has been soaked for several hours or overnight and some grain component (an equine nutrionist can help you here or you vet), you can almost reduce the need for hay. I wouldn't recommend eliminating hay completely ( you can feed it in round bales outside where no one has to touch it) because the horse in the wild would normally graze for most of the day - without hay to chew on the horse can become very destructive by eating fences, each other's tails, the hay keeps them calm and is a very natural occupation. It just isn't in the horses nature not to chew for most of the day.
Bea Shortt, Rocky Mountain Bashkir Ranch
Curlies naturally have an extra layer of fat on their bodies - if you are going to purchase a Curly and see ribs start asking questions - when was the horse last wormed, how much food does it normally get, how much work does it do - Curlies do not show their ribs normally. So let a caution flag go up.
Bea Shortt, Rocky Mountain Bashkir Ranch

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