Curly Horses made their first appearance in the history of North America in Native American lore. Sioux Indian records of the early 1800’s indicate that the Sioux had stolen several curly horses from the Crow Indians. Later Sioux artwork depicts curly horses being ridden by Sioux warriors in the Battle of Little Bighorn.

In the late 1800’s, the Dameles, a ranching family in Nevada, discovered Curlies Horses among the wild mustang herds in the Roberts Mountains. After the Dameles observed that the Curlies survived harsh winters that virtually eliminated other mustang herds, the Dameles brought Curlies down from the mountains for use as ranch and breeding stock. The Dameles went on to become one of the most prominent breeders and supporters of the American Bashkir Curly Horse breed.

For more information about the history of the American Bashkir Curly Horse, visit the Curly Horse History website.