Curly Horses – The Labradoodles of Horses

When asked to describe a horse’s coat, most people use adjectives like smooth and silky, but in reality not all horses have straight, sleek coats. Some of them are as curly as Labradoodles. Curly Horses are a special breed that comes in all sizes, colors and body types. They carry a gene that gives them a unique curly coat of hair that becomes especially impressive in winter, which is when they show off their special coats. During the summer, their coat either shows a slight wave in it, or it sheds completely, so you only get to witness the coat of a Curly in the cold season. Many of the Curlies in the United States can be traced back to the Damele range in the remote high country of Central Nevada, where they were first bred by Peter Damele and his father in 1898. Legend has it that Peter and his father were out riding in the mountains one day when they saw three horses with tight curly ringlets over their entire bodies. They found the animals intriguing, so they took them back to their ranch. The Curly is believed to be the only hypoallergenic horse breed in the world, with most people allergic to horses being able to remain in the presence of Curlies without suffering any allergic reactions. Preliminary research shows that the same protein that's missing from the Curlies’ hair may be the same one triggering allergic reactions in people.