Curly Coats

One of the most distinctive features of the American Bashkir Curly Horse is its unique curly coat. Extremely soft to the touch, the Curly winter coat can range from a dense pile of curly ringlets (resembling sheep fleece) to deep velvety marcel waves and is most obvious in cold winters.

The hair of the American Bashkir Curly Horse is commonly known to be hypoallergenic. Many individuals allergic to other horses have little or no allergic reaction to Curlies. For those allergic to horses, it is advisable to consult with an allergist to determine the safest means of testing. Hair samples can be made available for this purpose.

A Curly’s mane and forelocks can be corkscrewed ringlets or wavy. The tail can be loose ringlets or wavy. Many Curlies have long eyelashes that gently curl upwards and curls around their ears.

In the summer, Curlies shed their thick locks for a smoother, sleeker coat, although many Curlies have some waviness or curl in their coat even in the summer. Many Curlies also shed at least some of their mane and tail in the summer. Curls typically remain evident all year round in the mane, forelock, fetlocks, eyelashes, and inside the ears.