News of more than just “horsing around” has been announced from the Rainbow Curlies Farm, located near Waterville, as they introduce the first Bashkir Curly horse born in northwest Ohio. The filly was born April 25, 1993.
The proud parents are Dan’s Baby Doll G (Babe), also owned by Al, Debra, and Erinn Randolph of the Rainbow Curlies Farm, and The Red Baron, from Indiana. The new addition has been named Rainbow’s Red _____ J. The rest of the name can be filled in by the new parents who adopt the new filly, who will be sold following weaning.
(Photo caption for missing photo: “Babe,” a rare Bashkir Curly hose owned by Rainbow Curlies Farm of Waterville, is the proud mother of a filly born April 25.)
The name was devised from the name of the farm, for the father, and the “J” is in memory of a neighbor, Jesse Winslow.
Just like a doe white-tailed deer, the baby Curly has white under her tail as well as a white star on her forehead. And, following the birth, Mrs. Randolph said she was not unlike a picture of Bambi lying “spread-eagled” in futile attempts to stand on her feet.
Most of the birth was watched from the house due to a fully equipped video camera in the stall and monitor placed in the house. It was a better show than any TV offering, according to Mrs. Randolph.
The unusual horses are equipped with corkscrew curls as well as being noted for their hypoallergenic qualities.
The breed, known as the American Bashkir Curly, are still considered quite rare and unique, and in Northwest Ohio, there are three such horses, including the newest filly, living at 10200 Neapolis-Waterville Road with owners Al, Debra, and Erinn Randolph of the Rainbow Curlies Farm.
The breed of horse was chosen by the Randolphs since the Curies are known for their friendliness and for being hypoallergenic, which was important to their daughter, Erinn, who is allergic to regular horse hair.
The family first acquired Babe, who is the mother of the foal, then came Buttons, another mare who has been recently bred.
Prior to breeding Babe last May, a wedding was staged for the two horses. It all began as a joke, Mrs. Randolph said. She prepared a wedding box for Babe to take on her journey to Indiana to meet The Red Baron, better known as “Studly.”
The box was complete with everything from champagne, candles, mouthwash, perfume, a wedding license (good for one breeding season), and of course a ring which was worn as a sparkling gold-sequined garter on her leg.
On the day of the wedding, Babe met Studly with her curls shining and a big white bow attached to her tail. The wedding was complete with Studly decked out in a black bow tie. They had human friends attending the ceremony, which was complete with Studly’s owner’s dog serving as ringbearer.
Since one of Babe’s tricks is to nod her head “Yes,” she easily nodded, “I do.”
The Randolphs went to Indiana with one horse but returned with two and one on the way. They purchased Buttons at the Indiana horse farm, who they intend to keep, but the baby will be sold shortly after weaning.
They are beautiful animals, sporting a winter coat of 2- to 4-inch hair that is as tight as corkscrews. In the summer the horse sheds hair and looks much like crushed velvet with a marceled look.
According to Mrs. Randolph, it is the only horse whose hair can be woven, but the longer, curly hair, along with a layer of insulating fat, enables the Curly to withstand the winter temperatures. They also have smaller, flatter nostrils which aids the horses in colder temperatures by controlling the intake of colder air.
The horses were originally raised on the slopes of the Ural Mountains in Russia by the Bashkiri tribes. They depended on the horses for transportation, clothing, meat and milk which was made into cheese, butter and a medicinal beverage known as “koumiss.”
The Curlies are traced back to the Sioux Indians in this country, who used the hair to weave.
(Photo caption for missing photo: The first Bashkir Curly born in Northwest Ohio is owned by Al, Debra, and Erinn Randolph of Waterville.)
But it was not until 1971 that the official American Bashkir Curly Registry was begun with 20 horses. Today the breed is in great demand with the number registered at approximately 1,430.
If anyone is interested in visiting the unusual breed, they are welcome to visit the farm.
By: Becky Jacobs
From: The Mirror, June 3, 1993