🐎 The North American Curly Horse Breed

Breed Description

Curlies have curly hair coats (like a poodle), including curly ear and fetlock hair year-round. Many people allergic to straight horses are not allergic to Curlies.

Average Height

The North American Curly horse is usually somewhere around 14.2 hands tall.


  • Bay
  • Black
  • Buckskin
  • Champagne
  • Chestnut
  • Cremello
  • Dun
  • Grey
  • Grullo
  • Palomino
  • Perlino
  • Pinto
  • Roan
  • White


Curlies come in all types, from pony to sporthorse, and some are gaited.


Very quiet and affectionate.

Members of this breed often excel in the following disciplines:

  • Pleasure (family horse)
  • Dressage
  • Trail

Breed History

Curlies were found in the wild horse herds in the U.S. and some Native American herds.

Miscellaneous Facts

Formerly known as “Bashkir Curly,” but not related to the Russian Bashkir pony.