Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Breed a Week Project #5

This week's Breed a Week is the American Bashkir Curly Horse. Horses with curly coats are an ancient breed. They have been depicted in art and statuary in early China as far back as 161 A.D., with evidence also of their presence in South America and Europe. Indian pictographs illustrating the "Winter Counts" of Sioux stealing curly horses from the Crow in the early 1800's, gives the curlies verification of their presence in North America. Many curlies from throughout the United States can be traced back to the 'Standing Rock/Cheyenne River Reservation' where this incident took place.

Curlies have a proud carriage, are very alert, not lazy, and most move at a running walk. They have a double mane, which splits down the middle leaving curly ringlets hanging on both sides of the neck. Their body coat sheds out in the summer and they become wavy, or fairly straight on their body, with their beautiful coat returning in the late fall. Several winter coat patterns have been observed, from a crushed velvet effect, to a perfect Marcel wave, to extremely tight curls over the entire body. It has been tested and proven that flat hair is curly, yet when the hair of curlies was tested it was found to be round. Also a number of owners who are allergic to horses find that they are not allergic to their curlies.

You can find out more about the Bashkir Curly horses at American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry

This is my drawing for this week's project - a 5" x 7" graphite pencil on Strathmore Lightweight Sketch paper.


  1. Absolutely amazes me the detail you get! Beautiful piece!

  2. Wow, this is very nice. Love the pose and the lighting!