The origins of Curly is one of the great mysteries in the world of horses. The first found in North America dates from the 1800s, the Dakota, in "Les Contes d'hiver", related to curl stolen by the Indians Sioux Indians crows. Different theories on their migration on the American continent. The curlies, who were excellent accessories for the hunting of bison, were horses that were sacred and revered, were reserved for shamans and sorcerers. 
The most prized by them were those who wore the "medicine hat" roan or black spots on the top of the head. 
Known as "big red dog" or "Buffalo Pony", name, ostensibly in connection with the buffalo robe. They were courageous and brave horses, they have not changed.


History being what it is now, modernity took over, the Indians have been forgotten and Curly joined the herds of wild horses. More details. Even today, the dominant "Curly" gene comes Curly lines that have reproduced in the wild. Cave drawings made by the Chief Red Cloud in 1881 depicting the Battle of Little Bighorn, features curlies.


1906 photo of US Soldier on a Curly horse.
(This old photo was sold on eBay, purchased by Michelle Ives )


We talk of race in the curly Damel family to Eureka in Nevada. These ranchers catch some live specimens in the wild as mustangs, and integrate them into their herds of horses working their ranches. In 1932 a terrible winter has decimated their livestock. The Curly horses and their offspring, and a few others survive. The Damel therefore resume their livestock with a few specimens of fortune. They realize very quickly that these hoses are horses, which not only resist temperatures to nearly minus 40 °, are easy to learn, but they have a formidable intellect, a great openness and are hardy and resilient. In 1952, the winter was fatal again, for many of their horses. Only the standard Cooper D survives and broodmares 4 Curly. D Copper is one of the "founding fathers" of the Curly race. There are still a lot of curlies wih lines from "D", Damel. In 1971, ABCR American Bashkir Curly, "is based in Ely by a handful of lovers of Curly, to promote the preservation of the rare curlies. The first identified Curls from wild herds in the mountains of Nevada. These are the where the famous Curly had been incorporated into the herds of pastoralists who had suffered great cold in 30 years. 
Today, the descendants of Damel still live at Dry Creek and Ackerman and Peter Ranch.Tom breeds and always work with Curls, and you can always meet Curly in the herd of wild mustangs.