Charles Coleman

June 12, 2018
"Picasso," whose registered name is The Investigator, is a versatile horse whose accomplishments include jumping (inset), polocrosse, and dressage. Here, Nicole Allen (on top) and Megan Grove, perform an arabesque flag combination at the trot.

It Takes a Special Horse

Paint Named Picasso Is Tailor-Made for the Sport of Vaulting His registered name is The Investigator, but it doesn’t really suit him. The 19-year-old buckskin overo […]
June 11, 2018
Western Horseman cover, April 2004

Great Basin Curly Horses

Eureka, first settled in 1964, is in the heart of central Nevada’s wild-horse country and known as the home of the American Curly Horse breed. This […]
June 11, 2018
Team of harnessed Curlies wearing winter coats

Nothing to Sneeze At

Anyone who is allergic to horses might take note of a rare breed with a different hair coat that solves the problem. People with horse allergies […]
June 11, 2018
Curly Horses will shed out all or most of their curls in the summer months and grow back their curls just in time for winter.

Breed Profile: The Curly Horse

Determining the origins of the Curly Horse is a little like reading an Agatha Christie novel. Just when you think you have it all figured out, […]
June 11, 2018
Tamea on Copper Billie, a Curly. Together they are part of the Peninsula Mounted Search and Rescue (PMSR).

Curlies to the Rescue

It’s 12:45 AM on a cold November night when the pager goes off. Instantly, Tamea Denault is awake, not surprised at being paged this hour, as […]
June 11, 2018
Curly horse Arwen used to help promote King County Library System

Curlies Help Promote Literacy

I have a long association with the nationally recognized King County Library System of Washington state, so it was no surprise to receive a call from […]
June 11, 2018
Rebecca Clark does a stand on Yellow Storm

A Curly Vaults to Nationals

When Tammy Denault, owner of Dreamswept Farm and coach of the Emerald City Vaulters, pulled out of her place with two horses, Yellow Storm (ABC-S-495), and […]
June 11, 2018
Lakebay girl vaulting

Victory on Hoof for Lakebay Girls

Inexperience Doesn’t Stop Lakebay Team from Trotting away with Titles Becoming a national champion was not what 13-year-old Rebecca Clark expected. But she’s No. 1 for […]
June 11, 2018
Her rough first days left the little filly exhausted but she soon recovered.

Star’s Last Gift

A weekend starts with heartache but ends with hope as a woman struggles to save the life of an orphaned foal. “Life isn’t always fair.” That […]
June 11, 2018
Chaka with that beautiful corkscrew mane

The Truth about Curlies

An aficionado of the breed debunks common myths about Curly horses The prospective buyer hooked her fingers through Chaka’s corkscrew mane and thoughtfully gnawed her lip. […]
June 11, 2018

The American Bashkir: A Horse With Curls

Have you ever seen a horse with a perm? It’s hard to image—a horse with tight, curly ringlets all over—but they do exist. And their unusual […]
June 11, 2018

“Hats On” Makes for Happy Endings

My fourteen-year-old daughter, Tracy, and I were attending the Westbrook Farms Benefit Horse Show in Kinross, Michigan: a wonderful show whose proceeds help handicapped riders in […]
June 11, 2018
Curly horse

Easter Seal Rides with Curlies

In March, 1999, Andi Reed, the Director of Camping and Respite for Easter Seal Camp West, stopped by to ask how to properly give rides for […]
June 11, 2018
Curly Stallion

Locks of Curls: The Curly Horse Demystified

The American Curly horse. This is a colorful breed marked by mystery and lore. Even their very name is a source of confusion. People wonder: is […]
June 11, 2018
Ride the Wave: The American Bashkir Curly is a willing and personable mount.

Ride the Wave

The American Bashkir Curly is a willing and personable mount. The air is dry and the landscape stark in the desert regions of Nevada’s Great Basin. […]
June 11, 2018
Record Horseman, Bashkir Curly

Meeting a Black Curly Foal

My eyes popped open! Is today the day? One set of muscles froze with fear, the other set jumped out of bed. Now standing, firmly locked […]
June 11, 2018
American Bashkir Curlies—gentle enough for a child, tough enough for a man!

American Bashkir Curlies—Gentle Enough for a Child, Tough Enough for a Man!

Here are some of the basic traits of these highly unusual horses that set them apart as a distinct breed. Curlies are of medium size. They […]
June 11, 2018

Breed Appeal: Bashkir Curly

About the Bashkir Coat: Fine, soft hair, in ringlets, often described as crushed velvet. Kinky, wavy mane and tail. Head: Noticeably small at maturity, soft eyes, […]
June 11, 2018
Record Horseman, Bashkir Curly

Curly Horse Origins Remain a Mystery

The origins of the American Curly Horse are still a mystery. The historical records of both the Sioux and Crow Indians from the early 1800s describe […]
June 11, 2018
Rush River Slash's calm, heavy-lidded, almond eyes and his small, crescent-shaped nostrils are curly gene-linked, secondary breed characteristics.

Sport Curls

Curly horses, once rare little western wallflowers, are being bred in increasing numbers for the sport horse disciplines: tall Curlies, handsome Curlies, Curlies who jump big […]