For many people, horses are seen as an incredibly majestic animals with their natural strength and athleticism. They, indeed, are beautiful animals, but few understand just how diverse their appearances can be.
I’ve seen a lot of horses in my time, in all colors and sizes – but none quite like a ‘curly.’
It comes from a special gene in their body that gives them curly hair and makes their hair hypoallergenic (a bonus for hayfever-prone or asthmatic horse owners!).
Curlies’ thick and cuddly coats make them well-suited to snowy weather, so they are far more common in places with colder climates.
Though you may never have heard of them before, they’ve been around for a long time.
They have been featured in Chinese artwork dating back as far as 161 AD and were spotted in South America in the 19th century. Sioux Indians held curlies to high regard and were reserved as transportation horses for chiefs and medicine men. Their origin is still heavily contested among experts.
Regardless of their origin, one thing that is for sure is their ability to delight and captivate their audience.
Whether they are working hard, interacting with one another, or simply goofing around – these curlies genuinely are something to behold.