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American Bashkir Curly
Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
Family Name:
Origin or Range:
United States
about 14-15 hands high
Relatively Non-Aggressive
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American Bashkir Curly

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American Bashkir Curly Description
  The Bashkir Curly is known as "gaited horses" because of their natural running walk. It is a study horse and capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -30 below F. Because they have amazing memories, the Bashkir Curly is highly intelligent and capable of learning exceptionally quickly. It is often calmer and gentler than other breeds of horses that have been handled for years. It is a medium sized breed, compared to that of the early Morgan horses. Many of this breed is found without ergots and many have soft, small chestnuts. Their eyes are widely set, which is said to give them a better range of vision. Its hooves are almostly completely round, tough and black. They have a higher concentration of red blood cells, straight legs, flat knees, a short back, round rump, and powerful shoulders. The most important fact that sets the Bashkir Curly apart for other primitive-type breeds is its coat. Foals are born with a curly, crinkly coat about 50% of the time, regardless of whether one of the parents had a straight coat. Its coat appears in all common horse colors, including Appaloosa and Pinto. One of of the strange characteristics of its coat is the ablility to completely shed the mane hair and sometimes the tail hair and then grow it back in the winter. It is believed they do this as a coping mechanism because of the extreme matting that results from the curly mane. The Bashkir also sheds its body hair during the summer, but not completely, which causes the hair to be wavy or almost straight rather than curly. Their winter coat returns in late fall and often grows in patters such as a crushed velvet effect, a marble wave, or extremely tight curls all over.  
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