The origin of the Bashkir Curly is not known well and it is considered to be one of the greatest mysteries in the horse world. All agree that they are an ancient breed because they have been despite in art in early China as back as far as 161 AD. Photos and other evidence were found throughout Europe and South America which confirmed their presence.
How and when exactly they came to the United States is a mystery, but there is evidence that the Bashkir Curly has been in North America since 1800 possessed by Indian tribes. One theory is that when Russian colonist tried to settle in North America during the 1700s they didn`t succeed and abandoned their Russian Bashkir Curly horses.
Another theory is that maybe they have descended when crossing the land bridge during the last Ice Age. Or maybe they originate from the Iberian horse, as the foals of crossbred horses have curly hair, which suggests that the curly gene is dominant. Despite this minimal information about the Curlies past, it is much more known about the development of the breed in the modern day history.
All traits lead to the Damele family. During the early 1900s, they had a herd of different horse breeds and noticed that the Curlies survived harsh winters with no supplemental feeding, proving their hardiness. They breed and documented these horses in Eureka, Nevada but didn`t care to keep the breed pure, so add some other blood to their herd and attempt to improve their horses. The Bashkir Curly horse is a breed that has a unique gene that gives them their curly hair and makes them distinct from other breeds.
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